Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-Founder of the gun violence prevention organization Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), applauded leaders in the legislature today after the Senate approved S2786, a bill that establishes effective procedures to provide guidance and assurance to law enforcement, victims, and advocates to help limit abusers’ access to guns.
Sponsored by state Senators Loretta Weinberg (D-37), Nisa Cruz-Perez (D-5), and Nia Gill, (D-34), the bill enhances protections currently afforded victims of domestic violence by requiring attackers to surrender their firearms while a final domestic violence restraining order is in effect or when they are convicted of a domestic violence crime or offense. It also requires firearms purchaser identification cards and permits to purchase handguns to be revoked if the holder of the card or permit is convicted of a domestic violence crime or offense.
“As in so many communities around our country, guns and domestic violence in New Jersey can be a deadly, tragic mix. So in the face of calls for action from New Jersey’s domestic violence survivors, advocates and public safety officials, Republicans and Democrats came together to deliver a real victory for common sense: a bipartisan bill that would help keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and protect vulnerable women and their families,” said Giffords, a member of the House of Representatives from 2007 to 2012 who has become a leading figure on the issue after being critically wounded in a 2011 mass shooting in Tucson.
The bill, which had previously been approved by the State Assembly in a bipartisan vote, now heads to Governor Chris Christie’s desk.