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  • NJ A2374
  • Requires Attorney General to establish Statewide gun buyback program.
In Committee
Crossed Over
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would require the Attorney General to establish a Statewide gun buyback program that allows citizens of this State to voluntarily and anonymously surrender firearms and weapons in their possession in exchange for a monetary reward. The form of the reward, such as cash or debit card, would be determined by the Attorney General. Under the Statewide gun buyback program established in the bill, the Attorney General is required to hold at least nine gun buyback programs a year throughout the State. At least three gun buyback programs each are to be held in the northern region, central region, and southern region of the State. At least one program in each region is to be held in an urban area with a high crime rate. The Attorney General is to obtain the crime rates of the various municipalities by consulting the most recent issue of the Uniform Crime Report, which is published by the Department of Law and Public Safety. The bill directs the Attorney General to partner with local law enforcement agencies and community organizations in coordinating gun buyback events when possible. The gun buyback program established in the bill would be funded by: forfeiture funds received by the Attorney General as instrumentalities of crime; private donations from corporations, small businesses, and individuals; and any other monies that may become available to the Attorney General. The bill would also provide a corporation business tax credit and gross income tax credit for private donations to the program, equal to 25% of the fair market value of the taxpayers qualified contribution to the gun buyback program, not to exceed a cumulative total of $2 million in any calendar year. According to the sponsor, this bill is intended to enhance the public safety by reducing the number of firearms in circulation.
Judiciary, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, Budget and Appropriations, Law and Public Safety, Passed Assembly
Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee  (on 9/29/2016)

Date Chamber Action Description
9/29/2016 S Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
9/29/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
9/29/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Hearing (10:30 9/29/2016 Committee Room 10, 3rd Floor)
4/18/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
4/7/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (52-17-5)
4/4/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 4/4/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
4/4/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
3/7/2016 Assembly Judiciary Hearing (10:00 3/7/2016 Committee Room 12, 4th Floor)
3/7/2016 A Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
2/8/2016 Assembly Judiciary Hearing (10:00 2/8/2016 Committee Room 12, 4th Floor)
2/4/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 9/29/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported Favorably 5 0 0
Detail 4/7/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 52 17 11
Detail 4/4/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 6 2 3
Detail 3/7/2016 Assembly Judiciary Committee: Reported with Amendments 7 0 0