NEWS: NJ Gun Laws Tightened Even Further

The already strict firearm laws of New Jersey got even tougher this week as Gov. Phil Murphy signed four new gun control bills into law — including one designed to make personalized “smart guns” more easily available in the state.

It comes a little more than a year after Murphy signed six firearm laws, vowing to make New Jersey a national leader in “common-sense” gun safety. The Democratic governor has championed the latest laws as his “Gun Safety Package 2.0.”

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“Even though there’s more to do, we must take great pride in what we are doing today,” Murphy said at a signing ceremony at Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights. “These new laws will send the message we take gun safety and the safety of our communities seriously.

The laws expand the list of crimes that bar someone from owning a gun in New Jersey, attempt to curtail gun trafficking from other states, and aim to prevent suicides.

The most notable measure (S101) focuses on “smart guns,” which can be fired only by their designated owners. They are designed to be safer than typical handguns, using fingerprint and other identification technology to prevent accidental shootings. For instance, they could keep children from firing their parents’ guns.

But officials say a 2002 New Jersey law has helped keep smart guns off the market. The law mandated that dealers in the Garden State could sell only smart guns once they became marketable anywhere in the country.

That, Murphy said, created a loophole that slowed the production of smart guns because it allowed the gun lobby to put an “enormous amount of pressure” manufacturers not to conduct research and development on the weapons.

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Bad Penguin

If you notice most of the gun crime is located in the major cities in NJ just like everywhere else but these laws target people that live in areas with little gun crime. They also do not mandate that criminals that use a gun in a crime must be charged with that offense and the charge cannot be downgraded as they always are now.

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Everyone of these Anti 2nd Amendment Politicians are either paid working for the Communists or through stupidity.
Remember their names when the shtf. .

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And this hike from $2 to $50 is supposed to make New Jersey more "responsible" and "gun safety" oriented by HOW?? This shows the REAL reason for these laws, to get more money into their coffers. I imagine that some of this money will fund more anti Second Amendment ads and commercials.

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When are these asshat politicians going to start enacting laws aimed at punishing criminals instead of laws that turn honest law abiding citizens into criminals? It's like this, drunk drivers cause serious accidents where people killed, seriously injured and thousands of $ spent on property damage so let's ban cars, trucks, vans etc. See the logic here? I don't.

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