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New Jersey: Attorney General Issues Report that Smart Gun Law is Not Triggered

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New Jersey’s “Smart Gun” law, enacted in 2002, seeks to mandate the sale and manufacture of only “smart gun” technology in the Garden State.  When such technology, as defined by the law, is made commercially available in any state, this law is triggered and “smart guns” will be the only handguns allowed for retail sale in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Attorney General issued a report to the Governor and the state Legislature relating to the Armatix iP1, a .22 caliber ten-round handgun, completely ineffective for self-defense use.  In this report, the Armatix iP1 is determined to not satisfy the statutory definition of a “smart gun” and therefore the smart gun law is not triggered.

This report stipulates that the Armatix iP1 is capable of being fired by a person who is not an authorized or recognized user as long as they are within ten inches of the activation watch.  New Jersey gun owners can breathe a sigh of relief that inadequate and unreliable systems will not be forced upon them should the Armatix iP1 become commercially available.

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