Downey to Introduce Safe Storage of Firearms Bill

Legislation would establish a safe protocol to enhance gun safety laws in New Jersey.

FREEHOLD - Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) is set to introduce legislation mandating safe storage of firearms. This bill requires a legal owner of a firearm to store or secure an unloaded firearm in a gun safe or securely locked box or container. This legislation also mandates the legal owner to store the ammunition separately in a securely locked box or container.

Assemblywoman Downy said, “Owning a firearm for protection in the home can present a substantial obstacle to safe firearm storage, with individuals often opting to keep weapons loaded and easily accessible. We will continue to push for common sense gun laws in NJ like this piece of legislation, because grave mistakes that occur in a home should never have to happen again.”

Last legislative session, the Assembly passed A-3696/S-2240 (Downey/Gopal) requiring firearm owners to store the firearm in a securely locked box or container; in a location where a reasonable person would believe to be secure; or to secure the firearm with a trigger lock.

Downey continued,  “It is clear that we can be doing more for our citizens in this state to keep people safe from harm. When it comes to gun laws, there are so many points where we can step in before a shooting happens.”

The provisions of the bill also require the Attorney General to establish a public awareness campaign to inform and educate the public concerning the provisions of the bill, including the requirements and penalties imposed under the bill, and the dangers associated with the presence of a loaded, unsecured firearm in the home.

Assemblywoman Downey plans to introduce the bill to the General Assembly in May.  

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Assemblywoman Joann Downey represents New Jersey’s 11th Legislative District in the State Senate and Assembly, where she works to make the Garden State more affordable for its hard-working residents.

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