TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Friday that codifies guidelines for reporting of firearms seized from criminals or which had been abandoned.
A3797, which had been conditionally vetoed, won legislative concurrence with his changes regarding regulations to bring the bill in line with federal law.
“I’m glad the Legislature acted swiftly to incorporate my common sense changes so that I can sign this bill and responsibly strengthen New Jersey’s already-tough gun laws,” Christie said in a release. “This new law will help state and federal law enforcement officials stop guns from getting into the hands of criminals, and help maintain public safety.”
The bill, whose prime sponsors include Assemblymen Charles Mainor, (D-31), Jersey City and Tim Eustace, (D-38), Paramus, passed both houses on concurrence with bipartisan support.
Basically, the bill requires law enforcement to share information on seized firearms with databases including the National Crime Information Center. However, the original bill included the sharing of certain information from Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which would violate federal law, according to the CV.
In other action, Christie also signed A4149, which permits horse racing at the beach. This too, was CV’d and won concurrence from the Legislature. Provisions that would have allowed betting were removed.