Assembly panel approves bills restricting access to guns

An Assembly panel has approved legislation to strengthen gun prohibitions for domestic violence offenders as well as barring convicted carjackers, gang members and racketeers from buying or owning guns in New Jersey.

The Assembly's Law and Public Safety committee passed them Monday.

One bill requires courts to inform domestic violence convicts they are barred from gun ownership. Defendants would also have to prove they surrendered their weapons.

It calls for a line on restraining order forms indicating whether defendants have access to guns and also requires weapons to be returned when the order expires.

Another updates the list of convicts barred from owning guns to include carjackers, gang members and racketeers.

A third requires law enforcement be notified when a prospective gun buyer seeks to expunge a mental health record.

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