NJ Dealers Must Carry ‘Smart Guns’ Under New Law
By Chris Eger
The new law requires gun dealers in the Garden State to carry a “smart gun” model should they become available. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy Tuesday signed a law requiring gun dealers in the state carry so-called “smart guns” in what some say is an effort to create a market for the technology.
New Jersey has had a smart gun law in place since 2002, requiring licensed dealers to only sell handguns with user recognition technology, but it has been in suspension as there are no such firearms on the consumer market. The bill signed this week by Murphy, a Democrat, replaces the dormant law with one that requires gun dealers to carry at least one model in their stores should they become available in the future.
“This legislation gets New Jersey ready for the increased development and availability of childproof handguns,” said Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, D-Bergen, a sponsor of the new bill. “It ensures handgun owners have access to personalized firearm options that would be available in other states.”
The bill, sent to Murphy by the Democrat-controlled state legislature last month, scraps most of New Jersey’s 2002 smart gun law and replaces it with a requirement that the state