Bills to ban firearms accessories and create a new "buyback" program are now on the desk of Governor Chris Christie. Great...


A measure gun rights advocates say is unneeded will soon land on Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s desk alongside a bill to put the state in the gun “buyback” business.

The first proposal, S-3477/A-5200 passed the state Assembly by a unanimous vote Monday after clearing the state Senate by a similar margin last week and establishes the crime of possessing or selling a bump stock or trigger crank in New Jersey as a felony.

The move aims to make the use of bump stocks or trigger cranks a second-degree criminal offense in New Jersey, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $150,000. Simple possession or sale of the devices themselves would be a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000.

Besides the bump stock prohibition, state lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a bill, A-2374, that would require the New Jersey Attorney General to establish an anonymous statewide “gun buyback” program where citizens could voluntarily surrender firearms for a monetary reward.

Officials would be obligated to hold at least three events per year throughout the state, at least one of which must be held in an urban area with a high crime. 

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