Yet Another Way to Stifle Gun Ownership

By Dr. Eowyn. December 27, 2019

A month ago, on November 25, 2019, New Jersey Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones, 79, introduced a bill that will discourage and prevent gun ownership by:

  • Requiring a minimum of $50,000 in liability insurance for possession of a firearm.
  • Fining violators of the liability insurance policy in the amount of $1,000 for first offenders and $5,000 for second offenders.
  • Confiscating the firearm if a gunowner fails to produce an insurance identification certificate.
  • Requiring firearm sellers to be licensed and to keep a detailed record of every gun buyer which must be delivered to law enforcement within 5 days of the purchase.
  • Requiring an application for a permit to buy a gun, including the names and addresses of two references.
  • Restricting purchases of handguns to no more than one handgun a month.
  • Banning the purchase of sawed-off shotguns.

1 a. No person shall possess a firearm unless the person has first obtained a policy of firearm liability insurance in an amount of not less than $50,000, specifically covering any damages resulting from any negligent or willful acts involving the use of that firearm while it is owned by that person..... (more)   .....

As if NJ has not already put many obstacles in the way of Second Amendment rights, this represents a decidedly punitive approach to further limiting rights. It would involve not only potential expense for the gun owner but, the chances are there could be significant difficulty in finding an insurance company that would even underwrite risk. The latter fact is the "catch all" that could deny honest people from gun ownership.


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