Governor Of New Jersey Adds Red Tape For Firearm Related Companies

    New Jersey's Governor Murphy adds red tape on gun business

    Image from Governor Murphy's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/governorphilmurphy/posts/2255299064596101

    On September 10, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order as a means to bring strict adherence to state gun laws, as well as to limit the state’s business transactions with gun companies that don’t have “public safety principled” policies.  This comes after Governor Murphy signed four new gun laws earlier this summer.  To achieve these further goals, Governor Murphy detailed a five-part series of directives.  The executive order has four basic designs.

    1. To prohibit the State of New Jersey from doing business with firearm related dealers and manufacturers that don’t adhere to “public safety principles.”

    2. Direct the state’s Division of Purchase and Property (DPP) to ascertain which firearm and ammunition related businesses are currently, or will be eligible to conduct transactions with the state based on the “public safety principles.”

    3. The state’s Treasurer is directed to make contact with financial institutions that provide services to the Treasury, and inquire if such institutions have established a code of conduct as it relates to gun safety or sales.

    4. New Jersey’s Commissioner of Banking and Insurance is tasked with taking measures within her authority to prohibit (or limit) marketing or insurance products that may encourage the improper use of firearms.

    I’ve tried to boil it down in my summary above, but feel free to check out the numbered steps of the executive order below:

    1. The scourge of gun violence in New Jersey necessitates an
    examination of whether State vendors that are manufacturers or retail
    dealers of firearms adhere to public safety principles relating to
    firearms.

    2. For purposes of this Order, adherence to “public safety
    principles related to firearms” shall include but not be limited to
    mean:

    a. For retail dealers of firearms, that such dealers
    have policies to prevent, detect, and screen for the transfer of
    firearms to straw purchasers or firearm traffickers; to prevent sales
    to prohibited individuals; to protect against the theft of firearms
    and ammunition; to train vendor employees and have reasonable
    employment policies designed to ensure maximum compliance with the
    law; to assist law enforcement in the investigation and prevention
    of criminal access to guns; and to promote public safety.

    b. For manufacturers of firearms, that such
    manufacturers have standards for retail dealers authorized to sell
    the company’s firearms that induce those dealers to adopt policies
    to prevent, detect, and screen for the transfer of firearms to straw
    purchasers or firearm traffickers; to prevent sales to prohibited
    individuals; to protect against the theft of firearms and ammunition;
    to train vendor employees and have reasonable employment policies
    designed to ensure maximum compliance with the law; to assist law
    enforcement in the investigation and prevention of criminal access
    to guns; and to promote public safety.

    3. The Division of Purchase and Property (“DPP”) is directed
    to issue a request, within 30 days, to all retail dealers or
    manufacturers of firearms that currently sell ammunition and/or
    firearms to the State to ascertain whether vendor practices, where
    applicable, adhere to the applicable public safety principles related
    to firearms listed above.

    4. Upon receipt of information from such retailers and
    manufacturers, DPP shall determine whether and how to ensure that any
    prospective bid solicitation for ammunition and firearms include a
    requirement that each vendor, prior to award, certify adherence to
    public safety principles relating to firearms as defined in this
    Order.

    5. The Treasurer is instructed to issue a request, within 30
    days, to financial institutions providing services to the Department
    of Treasury, or any of its divisions, offices or agencies, to disclose
    whether such institutions have adopted any code of conduct or
    principles related to gun safety or responsible sales of firearms.

    6. The Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, within 30 days,
    is instructed to take all appropriate action within her authority to
    prohibit and/or limit the sale, procurement, marketing or
    distribution of insurance products that may serve to encourage the
    improper use of firearms.

    7. This Order shall take effect immediately.

    New Jersey Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 83 can be read in full HERE.  According to ABC7.ny.com, the State of New Jersey estimated that they spend $70 million a year on firearms, ammunition and accessories, and pays more than $1 billion in banking fees.

    What do you think about Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 83?  For those working for firearm related companies, or their financial and insurance services, how do you think this will play out?

     

    Doug E

    Doug has been a firearms enthusiast since age 16 after getting to shoot with a friend. Since then he’s taken many others out to the range for their first time. He is a husband, father, grandfather, police officer, outdoorsman, artist and a student of history. Doug has been a TFB reader from the start and is happy to be a contributor of content. Doug can be reached at battleshipgrey61 AT gmail DOT com.


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