NJ Gun Stores Must Now Sell Smart Guns

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Tuesday that forces firearms retailers in the Garden State to sell smart guns.  

That’s not all though. Murphy, a progressive Democrat, also put his John Hancock on three other bills that work to make New Jersey’s gun laws the “toughest” in the nation. 

“The scourge of gun violence is a pervasive problem that affects our entire nation,” said Gov. Murphy, in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica.   

“I am proud to work with our legislators to implement some of the toughest gun laws in the country to protect our residents and make our communities safer for all,” he added.

Per Gov. Murphy, the bills signed into law include:

  • S101 (Weinberg, Codey/Johnson, Vainieri Huttle, Wimberly) – Establishes commission to approve personalized handguns; requires firearm retailers to sell personalized handguns. 
  • S3897 (Weinberg, Greenstein/Greenwald, Reynolds-Jackson) – Criminalizes purchase, transfer, or possession of certain weapons and ammunition by persons convicted of certain crimes; establishes crime of transferring or possessing firearm without serial number.
  • A4449 (Tully, Swain/Singleton, O’Scanlon) – Establishes crime of soliciting transfer of firearm by disqualified person.  
  • A3896 (Downey, Houghtaling, Schaer/Cryan) – Requires AG and Commissioner of Health to establish suicide prevention training course and informational materials for firearm retail dealers.

In addition to requiring FFLs to sell at least one smart gun, S101 also rescinded an ill-conceived 2002 law that required gun dealers to sell smart guns exclusively in New Jersey three years after they became available for “retail purposes.”

Murphy explained during the press conference how the law, known as the New Jersey Childproof Handgun Law, backfired in the face of gun-control advocates as it put an “enormous amount of pressure on the gun manufacturers to not pursue the (research and development) that was necessary” to bring viable smart gun technology to the marketplace.

As GA previously reported, the gun industry doesn’t oppose smart gun development. What it rails against is when the government tries to force the issue.

“The firearms industry is not opposed to the development or marketing of user-authorized (“smart gun”) technology, but we continue to oppose any form of government mandate, including telling a retailer to stock a product in the attempt to create demand that we frankly do not yet see,” the National Shooting Sports Foundation said in a statement to GA in 2015.
 

SEE ALSO: New Jersey Governor Proposes $400 Carry Permits, $100 Firearm ID Cards, $50 Handgun Purchase Permits

While compelling small business owners to sell products they may not want to put on their shelves is troubling, what may be the most concerning of all the bills signed is S3897, which expands the list of prohibited persons in the state, those who are banned from buying guns, to include those convicted of carjacking or making terroristic threats.  While carjacking is a pretty obvious offense, a “terroristic threat” is less so.  

According to New Jersey law firm Aiello & Harris, the standard for defining the offense, which is a 2nd- or 3rd-degree crime depending on the circumstances, is as follows: 

Is caustic or harsh online banter enough to qualify as a “terroristic threat”? If so, New Jersey gun owners are going to have to extra careful about what they say publicly. Saying the wrong thing to the wrong person at the wrong time may end up costing them their 2A rights under this new law.

Looking ahead, Gov. Murphy is going to continue to pursue an anti-2A agenda. NJ.com reports that there are a handful of other gun-control bills being considered, including legislation that would require background checks and tracking for ammo sales, price hikes for carry permits and Firearm ID cards, and mandatory safety training every 4 years, among others.

“Governor Murphy’s Gun Safety Package 2.0, will surely be followed by version 3.0. When 2,0 fails to stop criminals as version 1.0 did he will again push his gun prohibition agenda under the banner of ‘comprehensive gun safety’ laws,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation in an email to GunsAmerica.

“New Jersey may have been the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights but unfortunately the last state to recognize it,” he added.

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Rob March 14, 2020, 6:52 am

    NJ the COMMUNIST state! Glad I left 15 years ago to PA where will still have gun rights.

  • RICK July 22, 2019, 11:18 am

    Ok, so it looks like he’s trying make something that’s already illegal, illegal. WTF? Enforce the laws that are already on the books. Don’t make redundant laws. You want your voters to percieve your doing something about the “gun” problem? Show them that you enforcing what’s already there. Not wasting taxpayers time and money.

  • Godfrey Washington July 20, 2019, 3:53 pm

    I will purchase one after they become the standard issue sidearm for law enforcement, the military, and the presidential security detail.

  • Norm Fishler July 19, 2019, 11:36 pm

    Wow! If you allowed yourself to suffer through an hour and four minutes of that, no words of mine could ever apologize to you for that bit of time, irrevocably snatched from your life.

  • Snydes July 19, 2019, 11:00 pm

    These Fucking Liberal Democrats can get the Fuck out of Office and OUR UNITED STATES READ THE CONSTITUTION YOU SWORE AN OATH TO OR BE CHARGED WITH TREASON AGAINST UNITED STATES AND HUNG TILL DEAD

  • Scotty Gunn July 19, 2019, 10:46 pm

    I am sorry for the gun owners in The People’s Republic of New Jersey. Move to PA before it is too late.

  • FirstStateMark July 19, 2019, 8:28 pm

    Typical Democrat bullshit. Gotta vote em out!

  • No1hunter July 19, 2019, 7:52 pm

    All my guns are smart guns. They know to send a piece of lead to where I am aiming! Enough said except my gun is smarter than these democrat politicians!

    • Robert P Boitt March 14, 2020, 6:56 am

      Lol…I have a “dumb” gun. Its safety is from my smart brain and training.

  • Patrick McWilliams July 19, 2019, 2:35 pm

    So New Jersey wants to raise the cost of a concealed carry permit? I didn’t think they even issued permits except to a handful of the political elite. As I recall, Barrett refused to sell or service its .50 caliber rifles to police departments in California when citizens were forbidden to own them. A good, principled stance that other firearms companies should emulate.

  • Michael J July 19, 2019, 1:34 pm

    Smart guns for dumb Democrats who must be the most stupidest people on the planet. This will begin the systematic removal of real guns by making them illegal to purchase just like in California. Criminals can hack anything but why would they bother? Only stupid politicians and bureaucrats would believe criminals would be stopped if only there were smart guns.

    • gandolf the White July 20, 2019, 9:10 am

      Smart guns are only .22 cal. The police aren’t required to use smart guns. That in itself says loads about smart guns.

  • J Franks July 19, 2019, 11:51 am

    Anyone, left or right leaning, who seeks to impose restrictions on the natural, human, or God given rights of anyone is a traitor who deserves death.

    This country is being destroyed from within. We have passed the point of civil discourse. It is time for violent action. We, the people that make this country’s economy work, are being crushed under the boot heel of the wealthy. They control every aspect of the government. Our ability to resist them is being destroyed.

    Sadly nothing will happen as our ability to communicate privately has already been destroyed. We all let that happen without any serious resistance. Our days of freedom, even the damaged version we live with now, are numbered.

  • Brian July 19, 2019, 11:39 am

    There are no “smart guns,” only stupid people like Democratic politicians and they’re followers. All part of the twisted Democratic agenda to disarm American citizens in their never ending thirst for complete control over their subjects! King George would be proud!

  • jd July 19, 2019, 11:38 am

    let’s ask the NJ governor to decide for every police officer in NJ that they will only carry “smart guns” while on duty and also for their off-duty weapons. First it would be easiest to establish this with the state police armed detail around the governor. that should do it-the governor leading from the front.

    • Stuart July 20, 2019, 9:11 am

      The police aren’t allowed to carry smart guns as they aren’t reliable. They also are only .22 cal.

  • DAVID BROWN July 19, 2019, 11:38 am

    The Governors security detail should only be armed with these so called Smart Guns.
    That goes for all the Legislators too.

  • Chained July 19, 2019, 11:01 am

    Wonder if this commie guvna is related to the commie scumbag Senator Chris Murphy of CT?

  • Zupglick July 19, 2019, 10:58 am

    “AOC for President 2024” coming soon to a TV near you.

    • Nobody July 19, 2019, 11:18 am

      FYI, her REAL initials are AHOL….

  • SkipNClair July 19, 2019, 10:45 am

    Just when you thought New Jersy could not produce more insanity, along comes Muffy, sorry,Nurffhy sorry Murphy to prove that the line of dangerous politicans with no answer to most anything comes up with this. It appears the voters of New Jersy wish to compete with other states like Commiefornia, and Newd York to see who can be the worst. This is truly a governer and legislation that is out of control and should be taken down anyway possible or imaginable, but don’t look to the voters of New Jersey to do it, as they are either to stupid, pussies, or are dieing to become slaves to the state. At one time most will not recall to young, this was a great state with so much to offer, and the men were men and the women were women and would never have allowed this.

  • Bill July 19, 2019, 10:42 am

    I like the idea that firearms manufacturers stop selling firearms in New Jersy completely. Not to gun stores, not to law enforcement or any government agency (federal, state or local) that operates in New Jersy. All government officials that serve the state or federal level cannot have armed bodyguards. You can have bodyguards but they cannot have firearms or any other type of weapon be it defensive or offensive. No batons, no stun guns, no mace, no nothin. Then let’s see what happens.

    • Mike July 20, 2019, 10:04 am

      Great idea Bill, but as we all know, with democraps it’s do as I dictate, not as I do

  • RichardC July 19, 2019, 10:40 am

    These Liberals are stupid and only see things from their emotions. These new gun laws hurt law abiding citizens.

    Liberals are again stupid if they think criminals will adhere to any gun laws. This ignorant Governor is going to get innocent people killed.

    The only way to stop gun violence is to allow law abiding citizens to conceal/carry firearms. Its unfortunate the Liberals can’t understand this concept.

  • Bill July 19, 2019, 10:31 am

    The biggest killer of children in this country is motor vehicle accidents. The most dangerous thing you can have your child do is get on a bus to go to school. This is fact, look it up. So why do they not legislate that school buses be required to have seatbelts and airbags on every seat and have an interlock system so the bus will not move unless every child is in a seat and bucked in?
    And, if gun laws work so well, why did Chicago have over 700 gun deaths and over 4000 gunshot wounds while they have the most restrictive gun laws in the country. These numbers are from 2018, look them up.
    Again, criminals don’t buy guns from gun stores. They don’t license their guns. They don’t get concealed carry permits. They don’t give a rats ass about the gun laws. Most are felons and can’t have a firearm anyway. This all reminds me of a quote from a German writer before World War II and goes something like this. “First, they came for the guns, and I said nothing because I did not own a gun, (Firearms Act of 1934 Germany under Adolf Hitler), They then came for the Jews and I did nothing because I was not a Jew, then they came for the Catholics and I said nothing because I was not a Catholic, Then they came for those that spoke out against the government and I said nothing because I was not a political person, THEN THEY CAME FOR ME! Author unknown.

    • Chained July 19, 2019, 11:03 am

      Imo, this is why these threats to our rights need to be permanently silenced.

    • Stuart July 20, 2019, 9:15 am

      The FBI says that about 9,000 murders a year are by firearms and 4,000 by hands and feet, blunt object and edged object. AAA says 17,000 teens die a year in auto accidents caused by texting and showing off behind the wheel

  • Chained July 19, 2019, 10:26 am

    Smart guns huh! So that infers guns have some electronic device inside so that it can only be fired by owner right? What if then the government or a criminal is able to hack the gun and make it so it can’t be fired. Gun manufacturers, gun dealers and we the people must defy this ludicrous BS. Hey people of NJ tell your commie governor to go f*** himself.

  • klsparrow July 19, 2019, 10:05 am

    NJ Gun Stores Must Now Sell at least 1 Smart Gun. What a bunch of BS. Where are they going to get these smart guns out of thin air? What that means if you don’t sell at least 1 smart gun you cannot sell any guns

    New Jersey Governor also Proposes $400 Carry Permits, $100 Firearm ID Cards, $50 Handgun Purchase Permit. This is the gun grabbers way of destroying the 2nd. The ordinary person cannot afford to purchase a gun but the elite and people like the Governor will still have their armed security.

    • Chained July 19, 2019, 10:30 am

      Only if people comply. If there is mass defiance what are they going to do? Our forefathers would have been shooting by now.

      • ted July 19, 2019, 4:58 pm

        you are talking out of your backside with the “defiance” argument ! Their response will be NO $400 payment, NO CARRY PERMIT. NO $100 payment for FOID CARD, NO CARD /NO FIREARM ownership.. NO $50 for the purchase document, NO FIREARM PURCHASE ! WE dealt with this crap here in Nassau NY when the FEE went from $25 to $200 OVERNIGHT ! Their answer, turn in your pistols and license OR pay the $200 fee ! You need to VOTE THE A$$HOLES OUT OF OFFICE AND NEVER ALLOW THEM TO HAVE A PUBLIC POSITION EVER AGAIN……

        • gandolf July 20, 2019, 9:19 am

          Not possible in NJ. The deep blue gun free zone of NJ will never change. NJ was one of three Northern States to vote against Lincoln in 1860 and 1864.

      • Robert Bryant July 20, 2019, 1:42 pm

        That is the truth and it is coming

  • Bill July 19, 2019, 10:03 am

    How can they force a store owner to have in stock that will probably never sell and does not yet exist? I imagine that when a company does market a “Smart Gun” that the cost will be prohibitive for anyone to buy and equally expensive for a store owner to have one on hand. If it were me, there was a company that had an adapter for Smith & Wesson revolvers where you would have a magnetic ring you would wear on the third finger of each hand. The revolver would not fire unless the magnetic ring was on the grip of the gun which would unlock the firing mechanism of the revolver. Anyway, stupid law made by stupid people that will do nothing to curb gun violence because CRIMINALS DO NOT GO TO GUNS STORES TO BUY GUNS! They either steal them or get them from other criminals. If anything, disarming the law-abiding public will only increase gun violence as the only defense for innocent will be to hide themselves behind locked doors which criminals will break down BECAUSE they now these people are defenseless and they will be in and gone before the police can get there. God please save us from these idiots.

    • Chained July 19, 2019, 10:59 am

      What is “gun violence”? Do we call it bat violence if one is beaten with a bat or fist violence or knife violence? To me is just violence no matter what weapon a criminal uses. Anyway it is not really about curbing “gun violence” as much as it is about destroying the second amendment and the serf’s ability to protect himself/herself from power hungry socialists who wish to enslave us under a one world government. Defy–Do NOT Comply.

      These commie leftist politicians need to be arrested and imprisoned for rights violations or just removed with extreme prejudice imo. We are in a battle in this country. A war against the constitution and the Christian and the conservative by an evil wealthy predator class. Somehow these scumbags keep popping up into places of power where they can make changes to law that only effects the lower classes and not themselves.

    • ted July 19, 2019, 5:01 pm

      Actually, the gun already exists. It caused big issue a few years ago when they were going to import the gun into the USA. It would have “triggered” ( pun intended) the OLD LAW that they just repealed. Under that law, IF ANY smart gun got to market, then within 3 years ONLY smart guns would be allowed for sale in SCREW JERSEY.. Problem was that they only had 1 gun on the market, and i believe it was a .22 pistol…

  • Andrew July 19, 2019, 9:26 am

    I got an idea.
    How about gun companies just quit selling firearms in states they aren’t allowed?
    If Mundanes can’t buy a “larger than 10 round magazine” then that’s all which they’ll send.
    No LE exemptions.
    That “rifle” can’t have a pistol grip?
    Sorry, Officer, no exemptions.

    And to make things actually “change”, if it comes up that said firearm is being sold to an agency which acts as bodyguards for politicians, make it even stricter.
    “Sorry, but your Mundanes only “need” 10 rounds, your “security detail” must only need 5 then since they’re in a group.”

  • njsuxx July 19, 2019, 9:10 am

    What a shithead. Soon nj will only be illegal immigrants, criminals and welfare recipients.

    Murphy hates America. What better way to ruin the country, as an inside job.

  • John July 19, 2019, 8:12 am

    Look at whats going on in London, gangs with guns breaking into stores to rob and kill defenseless owners and patrons who have no way to stop them. Gun control at its best. We were wearing hats in 1966 that said when guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. This was prior to federal firearms restrictions, but during the proposal time.

    • Dar July 19, 2019, 9:13 am

      Well it isn’t prior to firearms restrictions. That started long before including with the 1934 national firearms act. There was a push to originally include handguns in that.

  • Tom Hart July 19, 2019, 7:27 am

    Happiest day of my life was the day I put NJ in my rear view mirror as the place I used to live! Insanity governed by the politically and ideologically insane!

    • Clint W. July 19, 2019, 9:06 am

      Congratulations on your escape, just be sure you and anyone you brought with you do not vote in your new state for the same kind of politicians that got NJ screwed up in the first place. That is what is happening in NC as more or our Northern brothers move here and start voting for liberals.

      • Ray July 19, 2019, 10:31 am

        We have experienced the same thing in Florida for decades. People from “ up north “ come to Florida to get away from all of the bad things there, but lo and behold, they say ‘ That’s not the way we did it in “put the name of some State up north here” !! And before you know it, they have changed some county in Florida to the same thing they fled from “ up north “ !! Personally, I consider these actions like a cancer, sooner or later, it’s going to kill this Country !!

    • ted July 19, 2019, 5:03 pm

      AMEN TO THAT ! I am 30 days away from leaving SCREW YORK for good !

  • Jay July 19, 2019, 7:19 am

    It’s simply amazing how these political hacks get elected and then people piss and moan because of the blatant acts of aggression they make against the citizens and Our Constitution! Many of them promote this charade of so called gun violence when more b people die from drowning, medical malpractice, drugs, alcohol and many more things than guns! Why can’t people see what they are doing to themselves by voting for these arrogant A-holes before they even vote.

  • Hans-Jurgen Wiegand July 19, 2019, 7:09 am

    Maybe they should try securing the border, & enforcing the the law on all the illegal immigrants, before they try to do something that hasn’t worked yet. Only hard working taxpayers can afford to follow the laws, theses misled dreamers are proposing & passing. Why do they continue on their merry way? Follow the money! You can’t tax unregistered criminals & felons, which is the reason for “Smart Guns”, in the first place.

  • Dr Motown July 19, 2019, 6:23 am

    Do \”smart guns\” currently exist? If not, the law-abiding citizens of NJ have effectively been disarmed and all their 2A rights abolished immediately.

    • Mr Evilwrench July 19, 2019, 7:04 am

      They do exist, sort of. There was a .22LR pistol developed some years back that would work most of the time. The inmates of NJ are not being forced to buy them. The bill just forces the FFLs to carry them as available irrespective whether anyone ever actually does want to buy one. It’s still bad and wrong, and another step into tyranny. It’s those other bills that chap my ass more, soaking responsible citizens for time, effort, and money to shift a right into a privilege. They’re also expanding the definition of “terrorism” to effectively make the term equivalent to “threat”.

      • ted July 19, 2019, 5:07 pm

        I say that since the SCREW JERSEY Government is forcing the FFL to stock one, that the NJ Government should pay for it from state funds and supply it to the FFL free of charge. IF they sell it, the FFL can replace it with the purchase money !

    • srsquidizen July 19, 2019, 7:32 am

      None on the market that I know of because there’s no market for them. People who might want them can already buy a bio-metric lock box that opens using their fingerprint. That’s even better than a so-called “smart gun” as far keeping kids safe, which is the primary excuse gun haters use for promoting the stupid idea.

  • Patrick K ONeil July 19, 2019, 6:17 am

    I would NEVER buy a “smart gun”, and if it were the only option, I’d immediately modify it to be a functional weapon again. Any smart gun, regardless of design, is a failure to operate in waiting. Worse yet, they could be disabled from a distance via EMP generator.

  • Johnny July 19, 2019, 5:07 am

    While the inner city continues to self thin their population out…Tell the gang-bangers they have to have this gun
    Tell ALL Law enforcement they have to have this gun. (After all, it will prevent them from getting shot with their own weapon)
    The citizens continue their exodus.

  • Mark Hopkins July 19, 2019, 4:45 am

    There is absolutely no such thing as “gun violence”. I’ve seen thousands of guns in my life and none of them ever acted in an aggressive or violent manner. Of all the guns I’ve seen and owned, all of them were very well behaved and completely docile. I have seen and heard of violent humans forcing the gun to assist them in violent acts, but those violent humans have done that with knives, baseball bats, tire irons, cars and trucks, you name it. Inanimate objects can’t commit violence by themselves. It takes a human to make them do ANYTHING. Stupid, anti freedom totalitarian politicians can’t stop human violence by outlawing objects or tools. Violent humans don’t care about “laws”. They never have and never will. Any so called “smart gun” technology can and will be circumvented.

  • Mike July 19, 2019, 2:53 am

    It’s sad to know that a state involved with our revolution has forgot what and why they fought it in the first place. New Jersey and many of the original colonies have forgot their American history.

  • Justin July 17, 2019, 3:46 pm

    Do some homework dimwit. The cities/stayes with the most restrictive gun laws currently have the HIGHEST gun violence in the nation. More laws don NOT EQUAL LESS gun violence/crime.

    • Johnny July 19, 2019, 5:09 am

      They know that. This is a feel good law, like ALL of their socialist gun laws.

      • Dar July 19, 2019, 9:17 am

        > They know that. This is a feel good law, like ALL of their communist gun propaganda.

        Fixed it for you.

    • Hillary lost, get over it July 19, 2019, 7:06 am

      Justin. It’s not about gun “control “. Its about abolishing the 2nd amendment. These fools know that these measures mean nothing to criminals, but that’s not the point. The point is confiscation. Then, the next step, is to up the cheating for votes, get all 3 branches of government, and never look back. With the population disarmed, they can have their utopian hellhole, where whites are eliminated, and homosexuals run the country. Sounds like a beautiful place to live, eh?

      • ted July 19, 2019, 5:11 pm

        Correction, it is NOT about “GUN-CONTROL, IT IS ONLY ABOUT CONTROL, PERIOD ! They know that a well armed population can not really be forced into compliance IF the populace has consensus on any subject. They have the ability to fight back tyranny !

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