Senator SHIRLEY K. TURNER
District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)
Upgrades penalty for unlawfully transferring a firearm to an underage person.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act concerning firearms and amending N.J.S.2C:39-10.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. N.J.S.2C:39-10 is amended to read as follows:
2C:39-10. Violation of the regulatory provisions relating to firearms; false representation in applications.
a. (1) Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, any person who knowingly violates the regulatory provisions relating to manufacturing or wholesaling of firearms (section 2C:58-1), retailing of firearms (section 2C:58-2), permits to purchase certain firearms (section 2C:58-3), permits to carry certain firearms (section 2C:58-4), licenses to procure machine guns or assault firearms (section 2C:58-5), or incendiary or tracer ammunition (section 2C:58-10), except acts which are punishable under section 2C:39-5 or section 2C:39-9, is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.
(2) A licensed dealer who knowingly violates the provisions of subparagraph (d) of paragraph (5) of subsection a. of N.J.S.2C:58-2 is a disorderly person.
b. Any person who knowingly violates the regulatory provisions relating to notifying the authorities of possessing certain items of explosives (section 2C:58-7), or of certain wounds (section 2C:58-8) is a disorderly person.
c. Any person who gives or causes to be given any false information, or signs a fictitious name or address, in applying for a firearms purchaser identification card, a permit to purchase a handgun, a permit to carry a handgun, a permit to possess a machine gun, a permit to possess an assault firearm, or in completing the certificate or any other instrument required by law in purchasing or otherwise acquiring delivery of any rifle, shotgun, handgun, machine gun, or assault firearm or any other firearm, is guilty of a crime of the third degree.
d. Any person who gives or causes to be given any false information in registering an assault firearm pursuant to section 11 of P.L.1990, c.32 (C.2C:58-12) or in certifying that an assault firearm was rendered inoperable pursuant to section 12 of P.L.1990, c.32 (C.2C:58-13) commits a crime of the fourth degree.
e. Any person who knowingly sells, gives, transfers, assigns or otherwise disposes of a firearm to a person who is under the age of 18 years, except as permitted in section 14 of P.L.1979, c.179 (C.2C:58-6.1), is guilty of a crime of the [third] second degree. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the sentence imposed for a conviction under this subsection shall include a mandatory minimum [three] five-year term of imprisonment, during which the defendant shall be ineligible for parole.
f. Unless the recipient is authorized to possess the handgun in connection with the performance of official duties under the provisions of N.J.S.2C:39-6, any person who knowingly sells, gives, transfers, assigns or otherwise disposes of a handgun to a person who is under the age of 21 years, except as permitted in section 14 of P.L.1979, c.179 (C.2C:58-6.1), is guilty of a crime of the third degree.
g. Any person who knowingly gives or causes to be given any false information or knowingly engages in any other fraudulent conduct in applying for an exemption to purchase more than one handgun in a 30-day period in violation of the provisions of section 4 of P.L.2009, c.186 (C.2C:58-3.4) shall be guilty of a crime of the third degree. The presumption of nonimprisonment set forth in N.J.S.2C:44-1 shall not apply to persons convicted under the provisions of this subsection.
(cf: P.L.2009, c.186, s.3)
2. This act shall take effect on the first day of the second month following enactment.
This bill upgrades the penalty for unlawfully selling, giving or transferring a firearm to an underage person.
Currently, a person who unlawfully sells, gives or transfers a firearm to an underage person is guilty of a crime of the third degree with a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of three years. A crime of the third degree is punishable by a fine of up to $15,000; imprisonment for a term of three to five years; or both.
Under this bill, a person who unlawfully sells, gives or transfers a firearm to an underage person would be guilty of a crime of the second degree with a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years. A crime of the second degree is punishable by a fine of up to $150,000; imprisonment for a term of five to 10 years; or both.