New Jersey Senators fight to keep convicted felons from possessing firearms
More effort is being made by New Jersey legislators to prevent convicted felons from ever possessing firearms.
Senators Jon Corzine (D-NJ) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) are leading the way to push for the permanent legislation that will prohibit felons from obtaining gun permits. For 12 years Congress has passed yearly regulations of preventing the release of gun permits to felons, but Corzine and Lautenberg are lobbying to keep that regulation from expiring.
Before 1992, felons could apply for firearm waivers that each cost $10,000 of taxpayer money to process. From 1981-1991 56,000 criminals were granted those waivers that led to the use of the firearms for various crimes, including drug trafficking and sexual assault.