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  • NJ A2938
  • Requires firearms seizure when mental health professional determines patient poses threat of harm to self or others.
Introduced
(2/16/2016)
In Committee
(5/1/2017)
Crossed Over
(3/23/2017)
PassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires the Attorney General to seize a firearm that is in the possession of a person determined by a mental health professional to be likely to engage in conduct that poses a threat of serious harm to the patient or another person. Specifically, the bill requires licensed medical professionals in this State, including psychologists, psychiatrists, medical doctors, nurses, clinical social workers, and marriage counselors, to report to the Attorney General when, in their reasonable professional judgment, a patient they are treating is likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to that patient or others. The Attorney General would receive the patient's name and other non-clinical identifying information to be used solely for the purpose of determining whether the patient has been issued a firearms purchaser identification card, permit to purchase a handgun, or any other permit or license authorizing possession of a firearm. If the patient has been issued a card or permit, the Attorney General is required to arrange for any firearm possessed by the patient to be seized pending a hearing. The bill clarifies that a licensed practitioner who discloses a privileged communication in complying with the bill's provisions is immune from civil liability in regard to that disclosure.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, Law and Public Safety, Passed Assembly
Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee  (on 5/1/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
5/1/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
3/23/2017 A Passed by the Assembly (45-24-5)
1/23/2017 A Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Jones)
9/22/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
9/22/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Hearing (14:00 9/22/2016 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
2/16/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 3/23/2017 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 45 24 11
Detail 9/22/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported Favorably 5 3 1