limit N.J. gun purchases wins final legislative approval
The bill's sponsors and supporters argue the law would stem the flow of guns from other states and prevent criminals from distributing handguns throughout New Jersey.
But to quell gun enthusiasts and some lawmakers who say the bill (S1774) punishes law-abiding gun owners, Gov. Jon Corzine issued an executive order creating a task force examining the law's impact on collectors and sportsmen. The nine-member body would made recommendations after 90 days on how to improve the law, if necessary.
"I am confident this will be a real task force offering real recommendations,'' said Sen. Fred Madden, (D-Gloucester), who provided the key vote that passed the bill 21-15 around 12:30 a.m.
The bill's appearance on the Senate's lengthy agenda surprised its chief opponent, the New Jersey Association of Rifle and Pistol Clubs, which urged its members on its website Wednesday to contact their representatives to vote it down.
The Senate scheduled the vote "under the direction of Governor Jon Corzine and with little notice to the public to ensure that New Jersey sportsmen and gun owners were not prepared to defend their Second Amendment rights from gun rationing schemes,'' according to the association's website.
"It targets law-abiding citizens only and does nothing to impact crime, or the source of illegal guns,'' association president Scott L. Bach said before the vote.
If enacted, people would be able to purchase only one weapon per 30-day period. The measure also prohibits firearms sellers from "knowingly delivering" more than one gun per 30-day period.
Violators would face a fourth-degree felony charge, carrying a $10,000 penalty.
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