TRENTON, N.J. – Domestic violence victims will be afforded another layer of protection under legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz and signed today by the governor.
The bill (S-2483/A-4126) prevents a person convicted of a domestic violence crime or who is under a domestic violence restraining order from possessing or purchasing firearms and requires the immediate surrender of any firearms along with purchaser identification cards and handgun permits.
“For far too long innocent domestic violence victims lived in fear of their abusers who often made threats and ignored court orders, but it’s a new day in New Jersey,” said Muñoz (R-Union). “Such offenders will now face severe consequences for their actions. Disarming them will give their victims additional protections and peace of mind.”
The measure also requires stringent mandatory minimum prison terms, including parole ineligibility based on the crime’s severity for offenders who commit physically violent acts.