ASSEMBLY LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE
ASSEMBLY, No. 2777
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
DATED: MARCH 13, 2014
The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee reports favorably Assembly Bill No. 2777.
Assembly Bill No. 2777 clarifies the meaning of the phrase “deviations as are reasonably necessary” as it applies to transporting firearms in this State.
Under certain circumstances, a person who lawfully transports a firearm in this State is required to keep the firearm unloaded and either contained in a closed and fastened case or locked in the trunk of the motor vehicle. This applies to licensed firearms dealers traveling during their normal business; firearm owners transporting their firearms for repairs; members of authorized rifle and pistol clubs transporting their firearms to and from target practice; persons traveling to hunting or fishing destinations; and persons traveling to certain firearms exhibitions.
Persons authorized to transport a firearm under these circumstances may, in the course of travel, take only deviations that are reasonably necessary under the circumstances. This bill defines “deviations as are reasonably necessary” to mean collecting and discharging certain passengers, purchasing fuel, using a restroom, and contending with an emergency situation.
The bill also clarifies that a person transporting a weapon is required to comply with all other applicable State laws relating to weapons.