Bills would address gun purchase background check issue

TRENTON – Legislation introduced this week would require the state to submit some mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

One of many pieces of legislation that will be considered in the wake of last year’s Connecticut school shootings, S2492/A3717 would deal with gun control and mental health issues.

The NICS system was set up so that gun dealers could make background checks on prospective purchasers and determine if the person is allowed to own a firearm.

As the legislation points out, the system relies on states to submit information, and while the bills states New Jersey has begun the process of implementing an electronic system to submit mental health records to NICS, this proposal would make it mandatory.

The Senate version is sponsored by Sen. Barbara Buono, D-18, Metuchen. The Assembly version is sponsored by Pamela Lampitt, D-6, Voorhees, and Troy Singleton, D-7, Mount Laurel.

The bills have been referred to the respective Law and Public Safety committees.


Bills would address gun purchase background check issue