NJ Commission Seeks to Loosen Gun Control Laws

January 11, 2016 · by rosenblumlawfirm · in

gunNew Jersey has a reputation for strict gun laws. In 2013, the state was ranked as third strictest for firearm laws and fifth lowest for deaths related to gun violence. However, the state’s reputation may be shifting due to recent decisions by the Firearm Purchase and Permitting Study Commission, which was founded by Governor Christie.

Many argue that recent tragedies due to gun violence would warrant a strengthening of gun laws in the state, but the administration is looking to loosen the restrictions on gun possession. The commission recently submitted an extensive report requesting a variety of adjustments to the current gun laws.

Such changes would include:
– expanding the definition of “justifiable need” for purposes of carrying a handgun
– establishing uniform standards for processing gun applications
– clarifying who can transport firearms

The committee’s proposed adjustments would not require a change in legislation. Instead, Governor Christie plans to collaborate with the attorney general to put these changes into effect as soon as possible.

The gun legislation was already loosened in December 2015, when the New Jersey Assembly did not approve a law that would have made it more difficult for people with a history of mental illness to expunge their mental health records for the purpose of buying guns.

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