Bills banning the sale of toy guns, requiring seizure of real ones, establishing a handgun database and requiring newly manufactured handguns to be microstamped are up for debate this week in New Jersey.
The three bills, set to be heard in the Democrat-controlled Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee on Thursday afternoon, take aim at the Garden State’s firearm laws from a number of angles.
The most novel of the three, A-3934, would take the two-fold step of requiring all new handguns sold in the state to have the make, model, and serial number of the gun etched or printed on internal parts which would be transferred to a cartridge when fired; then keep a database of all such guns. Violations of the bill as written would carry up to 18 months in prison.
Such microstamping laws have been attempted in other states, such as California, without success and