TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Chris Christie today signed into law legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Declan O’Scanlon and Erik Peterson clarifying that law enforcement agencies can legally procure firearms directly from a manufacturer.
The bill (S2337/A3985) was prompted by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ recent misinterpreted a state regulation so that law enforcement agencies are only permitted to purchase firearms for police officers through a licensed dealer.
“This law clears up any confusion and affirms legislative intent. State regulations do not require law enforcement agencies to pay more money to middlemen for tools that ensure officer safety and help fight crime,” said O’Scanlon (R—Monmouth). “Police departments can go straight to manufacturers to negotiate the best prices and service, despite any misinterpretation by the feds. This is a win-win, saving property taxpayers’ money and making it easier for departments to acquire essential equipment that our police need to defend themselves - and us.”
“The enactment of this legislation takes a meaningful step toward controlling costs for law enforcement agencies, and maintaining a safe and operable supply of firearms for our officers,” said Peterson (R—Hunterdon). “Any day we can work across the aisle to reduce regulations, and promote the best interest of our law enforcement community is a good day in Trenton.”