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Weinberg/Beck Bill Inspired by Gabby Giffords to Increase Domestic Violence Protections Heads to Governor

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg and Senator Jennifer Beck and inspired by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to expand domestic violence protections has passed the Assembly. The bill now heads to Governor Christie’s desk for final approval.

Sens. Loretta Weinberg and Jennifer Beck’s bill, inspired by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, prevents domestic abusers from committing acts of gun violence. (©iStock)

S-2483 restricts access to firearms by certain persons subject to restraining orders or convicted of domestic violence offenses, and provides a clear and supervised process for the immediate surrender of firearms.

“This landmark legislation will prevent domestic abusers from committing acts of gun violence,” Senator Beck said. “People who have proven they have the capacity to commit such atrocities should not be given a one-week grace period to surrender a firearm.”

“Senator Weinberg and I worked tirelessly to close this dangerous loophole and deliver on our promise to safeguard families from domestic abusers with access to firearms,” Beck added. “This bill is proof that the legislators can work together to protect our most vulnerable residents from harm. It should be signed into law immediately.”

The legislation is supported by Giffords, the Co-Founder of the gun violence prevention organization Americans for Responsible Solutions.

Some key components of the legislation:

  • Provides a process for the immediate surrender of firearms by a defendant post-conviction;
  • Establishes that when a final restraining order (FRO) or a temporary restraining order (TRO) requiring the surrender of firearms is served, a law enforcement officer will escort the subject to the location of their stored firearms to effectuate surrender;
  • An order to surrender firearms will include notification of potential penalties for failure to comply with the order; and
  • Enhanced penalties for domestic violence offenders, including maximum penalties for second and subsequent offenses of third or fourth degree domestic violence crimes.

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