New Jersey bans 'ghost guns' by closing loophole in state law

David Madden
November 08, 2018 - 4:59 pm
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TRENTON, NJ -- As the nation deals with another mass shooting, this time in California, New Jersey has adopted a new measure making so called “ghost guns” illegal in the Garden State.
                
The carnage at a Thousand Oaks bar is just the latest example of the need to ban guns that can evade not only detection, but less stringent laws on internet sale of parts or plans that can create a gun through a 3D printer.

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Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill closing a number of loopholes in current law at a ceremony at the Trenton War Memorial.
                
“We are ensuring that anyone possessing a homemade or a 3D printed firearm, meaning guns manufactured specifically to be untraceable by law enforcement, will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and face up to 5 years in prison,” the Governor said.

He also singled out the NRA, asking out loud why they would “protect criminals who would attempt to get around our laws.”

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Attorney General Gurbir Grewal added a warning. “To anyone who is contemplating making a printable gun or to the next ghost gun company trying to sell their dangerous weapons into New Jersey,” he added. “Your products are unlawful and if you break our laws, we will come after you.”
                
There are ongoing efforts in the legislature to further strengthen New Jersey’s gun laws, already considered among the strongest in the nation.