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Senate Committee Approves Bills Strengthening NJ Gun Laws

5-2-13

By Dari Kotzker
NJ Today

Seven bills strengthening gun laws in New Jersey were approved today in the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. Today was the second day of hearings this week dealing with an array of gun bills. Unlike the packed house at Tuesday’s hearing, with more than 250 gun advocates, today was much more low-key with minimal cheering and no outbursts.

One of the more controversial bills today was the proposed ban the sale of .50 caliber Barrett rifle. Scott Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, says he owns one, and they cost approximately $10,000 to $15,000 to purchase, so it’s mostly hobbyists who own them. He reiterated that someone who wants to do evil will find a way to do evil, so law abiding gun owners shouldn’t be penalized. Although it passed, this was the only bill that did not get unanimous approval, with Republican Sen. Kip Bateman voting against it.

The other bill, which gun advocates were in favor of and did pass, was allowing gun owners to transport firearms to and from a firing range to make stops for specific purposes such as purchasing gasoline, using a restroom or dealing with an emergency situation. Gun advocates said this bill is needed because owners have been arrested and jailed for hyper-technical violations.

The committee also approved a series of bills that would crack down on gun trafficking and straw purchases, set reporting requirements to trace weapon transactions and provide parents with practical information to limit their children’s exposure to violence in the media. Two bills that would prohibit state investments in companies that manufacture guns that are banned in New Jersey or in firms that make, import or sell assault rifles for civilian use will be voted on by the Senate Budget Appropriations Committee next week.

Two bills that would prohibit state investments in companies that manufacture guns that are banned in New Jersey or in firms that make, import or sell assault rifles for civilian use will be voted on by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee next week. The full Senate will vote on the bills May 13.


  • jim o

    It seems to me that GUN LAWS should be STRENGTHENED FOR THOSE WHO USE GUNS IN AN “UNLAWFUL” WAY. Not to harass people going to a shooting range or hunting. Lets stiffen the penalties for “robbery” with a weapon (GUN) . Lets go after KNOWN FELONS and SEARCH them periodically to make sure that they do not have UNLAWFUL GUNS. How many crimes are committed using REGISTERED LAWFUL GUNS????… HUH.???

  • Jay Layton

    I can’t wait to get out of New Jersey. Biggest mistake I ever made was moving here.

  • Gary

    It is very important to realize that a crimminal will obtain a firearm through the black market to commit a crime. A honest man would follow legal channels and laws. Why are some politicians so afraid of the armed common man unless th$y intend to disarm him though registration? Communist countres did the sameEngland disarmed their citizenery and forbid them from defending themselves and their families! This must never happen here! Law abidding citizens must never be made into criminals in doing so. Here in NJ we must first run like rabbits before we can legally do that! The Politicians have armed guards and priviledge to protect them!

  • Gary

    PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE !!! -NOT GUNS