When can I buy a handgun in New Jersey?
article A New Jersey gun owner who is concerned about being sued for buying a gun after a tragedy has been denied permission to purchase a firearm under a law signed by Gov.
Chris Christie last year.
The new law prohibits anyone from buying a handgun or rifle from a seller who sells guns that are less than four months old, except for those that have been lawfully purchased by a licensed gun dealer.
The law also prohibits anyone who buys guns from a licensed dealer from selling them to a person who is at least 21 years old.
The law went into effect Aug. 1.
Christie signed the bill after a woman was killed in an auto accident in 2013.
Her husband was charged with manslaughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.
The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office says it has received a total of 7,844 requests to sell guns under the new law since it took effect.
It’s unclear how many people have been denied permits to purchase the weapons under the law.
“I have been informed that the state has received over 8,000 applications to sell firearms from licensed dealers,” said Kristi Adams, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General.
Adams said the law applies to all licensed dealers.
Christies spokesman Andrew Arulanandam says the new restrictions are not a new rule and are part of the state’s effort to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.
“The law allows us to keep an eye on what’s going on with people who might have a problem with firearms,” Arularanandan said.
Christys attorney, Andrew M. Farber, has argued that the law should be left up to local jurisdictions.
The attorney general’s office said in a statement that the Department of Justice is reviewing the law to determine whether the state should be allowed to make the changes.
Christy is expected to sign the bill as early as Tuesday.