Legislation Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Tim Eustace sponsored to update state law to help boost the proliferation of more childproof handguns was approved 44-30 by the full Assembly on Monday.
The bill (S-816/A-1426), which was substituted in committee, would create a roster of personalized handguns available for sale to the public and require most New Jersey gun retailers to carry them in their stores.
"Current law is intended to encourage the development of smart gun technology, but the prohibition on other handguns has, in effect, restricted consumer access to personalized handguns," said Johnson (D-Bergen). "This bill modernizes our law and is a reasonable approach to improving gun safety in our state, especially for children."
U.S. children and teens are 32 times more likely to die from a gun homicide and 10 times more likely to die from a gun suicide or a gun accident than all their peers in the other high-income countries combined.
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - New Jersey state lawmakers on Monday approved a law that would require gun retailers to sell "smart guns," designed to be fired only by an authorized user, and setting up a possible veto from Governor Chris Christie, a Republican candidate for president.
The bill would require so-called smart guns to be sold alongside traditional firearms no more than three years after the technology is developed and on the market.
The state General Assembly approved the law by a vote of 43 to 30 with one abstention. The legislation has already been passed in the state Senate.
The bill's supporters have said it would help protect children from accidental deaths.Read more