Madden Bill To Address Need-Based Exemptions In ‘One Handgun A Month’ Law Signed Into Law

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Fred H. Madden which authorizes certain need-based exemptions within the “One Handgun a Month” law has been signed into law by Governor Corzine.

“When the original ‘One Handgun a Month’ law was passed, the focus was on ending straw gun purchases. With that legislation, however, we made it more difficult for collectors, licensed firearms dealers, and sportsmen, who are either licensed to sell or own firearms to carry out their normal business activities,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester, a former State Trooper. “This law specifically addresses situations like the need to purchase more than one handgun as part of a collection, estate sale or inheritance. Through this law, we are ensuring that the legal transactions of legitimate business owners are not made to suffer because of the illegal actions of straw gun purchasers.”

Senator Maddens’ bill, S-3104, requires anyone seeking an exemption to the “One Handgun a Month” law to apply to the State Police. Applicants will be required to outline their justification for their request to purchase more than one gun a month.

This measure was approved by the full Senate on December 10, 2009, and the law takes effect immediately.

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