Moriarty Bill to Require Background Checks for Private Gun Sales Now Law

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Moriarty to improve gun safety by requiring background checks for private gun sales was signed into law today by Gov. Murphy.

The law (A-2757) requires all sales or other transfers of a handgun, rifle, or shotgun to be conducted through a retail dealer licensed under state law or a federal firearms licensee.

The licensee is required to complete a National Instant Criminal Background Check on the recipient of the handgun, rifle or shotgun.

Exceptions under the law include transactions between members of an immediate family, between law enforcement officers, between licensed collectors of firearms or ammunition as curios or relics, and temporary transfers to participate in certain training courses.