Measure Part of Assembly’s Comprehensive Gun Violence Prevention Package
(TRENTON) — Assembly Majority Conference Leader Gordon M. Johnson (D-Bergen) issued a multimedia package Tuesday on his legislation to criminalize the sale or possession of ammunition by individuals in New Jersey who have previously been convicted of a crime.
Current law already prohibits convicted criminals from possessing firearms. Johnson’s bill (A-1683) would make it illegal for certain types of convicted criminals to purchase, own or otherwise possess ammunition, including: aggravated assault; arson; burglary; extortion; homicide; kidnapping; robbery; aggravated sexual assault; sexual assault; bias intimidation; endangering the welfare of a child; stalking; any crime involving domestic violence; any crime involving drug trafficking; any crime involving gun trafficking; disarming a law enforcement officer; carjacking; human trafficking; racketeering; chemical, biological or nuclear weapons trafficking; and terrorism. Violators found to be in possession of ammunition would face subject to fines of up to $10,000 and up to 18 months in prison.
The multimedia package consists of a video of comments from Majority Conference Leader Johnson on his legislation and audio and a transcript of same.
The audio file is available upon request.
A transcript of comments from Majority Conference Leader Johnson is appended below:
Assembly Majority Conference Leader Gordon M. Johnson (D-Bergen):
“This bill states that if you have a criminal record, you’re not allowed to purchase ammunition in the State of New Jersey.
“Now, individuals who have been convicted of a crime are not allowed to have firearms, so therefore, there’d be no need for them to have bullets, ammunition. It’s common sense.
“So, this bill states that if you’re in possession of ammunition and you’ve been convicted of a crime, it’s against the law.”