Handgun sales measure headed to NJ governor's desk

| 22 Feb 2012 | 08:53

    TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey may soon become the fourth state with a one-handgun-per-month buying limit. The state Senate approved the measure in a 21-15 vote late on June 25, several months after it passed the Assembly. It now heads to Gov. Jon S. Corzine for his consideration. Supporters say the measure would stem the flow of guns and prevent criminals from distributing handguns throughout New Jersey, but critics say it will punish law-abiding gun owners. Sen. Fred Madden, D-Turnersville, cast the deciding vote. The former state police superintendent had opposed the idea, but changed his vote after Corzine agreed to form a task force that will examine the law’s impact. That panel also will draw up recommendations that could lead to exemptions for gun collectors and competitive and recreational shooters.