SENATE LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

SENATE, No. 2846

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED: †JUNE 23, 2022

 

††††† The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee reports favorably Senate Bill No. 2846.

††††† As reported by the committee, this bill upgrades purchasing firearm parts to manufacture a firearm without a serial number; manufacturing a firearm with a three-dimensional printer; manufacturing a covert or undetectable firearm; and transporting a manufactured firearm without a serial number from third degree crimes to second degree crimes.

†††† Under current law, it is a third degree crime for a person:

        not licensed as a manufacturer to purchase or otherwise obtain separately or as part of a kit a firearm frame or firearm receiver which is not imprinted with a serial number;

        not licensed as a manufacturer to manufacture a firearm or certain components of a firearm using a three-dimensional printer;

        to distribute to an unlicensed person, including via the Internet, digital instructions to manufacture a firearm or certain components of a firearm using a three-dimensional printer; and

        to manufacture, cause to be manufacture, transport, ship, sell or dispose of any covert firearm or undetectable firearm.

†††† The billís provisions upgrade each these offenses to second degree crimes.† A crime of the third degree is punishable by three to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $15,000, or both.† A crime of the second degree is punishable by five to 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $150,000, or both.