It’s time for ostensibly republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to piss or get off the pot (as the Brits are wont to say) re: the raft of post-Newtown civilian disarmament bills sitting on his desk awaiting his signature. Or veto. Here’s the updated list of gun ban bills passed by both the houses of the New Jersey legislature, incorporating the three passed yesterday. Note: nj.com provides the description of the bills (e.g., the .50-caliber rifles is the most powerful weapon ever created by hand of man), not me. Oh and there are 12 more headed down the proverbial pike.
A3668: Bars state pension fund from investing in companies that manufacture or sell assault firearms for civilian use
A3687: Bans those on the federal terrorist watch list from buying guns . . .
A3717: Requires state to submit data on those who should be barred from owning guns to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System
A3796: Gives those who possess illegal guns 180 days to dispose of them
A3797: Requires New Jersey enforcement agencies to report information on lost, stolen and discarded guns to federal databases
A3583/1613: Establishes School Security Task Force
A3788: Turns state regulation that firearms owner info is not public information into a state law
A3659: Bans the .50-caliber rifle — the most powerful weapon available to civilians
S1279: Upgrades penalty for unlawfully transferring a firearm to an underage person; permits transfer for instruction and training
S2715: Requires Department of Education to prepare and distribute pamphlets on how parents can limit a child’s exposure to media violence
S2720: Clarifies that information concerning the total number of firearms purchaser identification cards and permits to purchase a handgun issued in a municipality are public records
S2804: Makes unlawful possession of firearms a first-degree crime; increases mandatory minimum sentences under the “Graves Act”