TRENTON – The Senate on Thursday approved major portions of a comprehensive package of gun safety bills that will overhaul the state’s firearms permitting process by creating a modern, electronic system for universal background checks that will include mental health records and cover private transactions and ammunition sales, among other actions to prevent gun violence.
“This is a far-reaching plan to reduce gun violence that will serve as a national model for gun safety,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney, the plan’s lead sponsor. “We are accomplishing here in New Jersey what couldn’t get done in Washington. This plan will create a modern, electronic system of background checks for all gun sales that will help keep weapons out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them by including instant access to criminal and mental health records and by cracking down on illegal gun sales. These are important improvements to the state’s already tough laws that will help make our streets and communities safer and more secure.”