Could Lawmakers Finally Persuade Christie to Sign New Gun Bill?

December 19, 2016 · by RLF Attorneys · in

gun-control-1422577_960_720Democrats in New Jersey’s legislature and senate are hoping to finally convince Republican Governor Chris Christie to vote in favor of new gun restrictions. Christie has vetoed two bills in the past year that required domestic violence offenders to surrender firearms. The latest effort comes amid statistics that show a woman is five times more likely to be murdered by her partner when there is a gun in the home.
Bill S-2483 was crafted with the help of Republican sponsorship and breezed through the Assembly with a 60-2 vote. The updated legislation requires any guns, Firearm Purchaser Identification Cards (FPIC), and permits to be turned over to authorities by anyone convicted of domestic violence or when a domestic violence restraining order is in effect. GOP lawmakers opposed earlier efforts because the bills had a loophole that allowed a one-week grace period to turn in firearms. The new bill closes that loophole, requiring any weapons to be surrendered immediately upon issuance of the order.
New Jersey law currently forbids those convicted of domestic violence from purchasing new firearms or obtaining an FPIC. S-2483 takes this one step further by requiring them to surrender any guns they may already own. If the bill becomes law, failure to turn in one’s firearms will be a second-degree crime, punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison.
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