Assembly Republican Press Release -
Assembly Republican Whip Scott Rumana said today he will sponsor a new bill in the Assembly regarding the expungement of mental health records. Rumana’s bill is identical to Sen. Tom Kean’s legislation (S-3218) which was introduced last month.
“This override is an attempt by the Democrats to claim a political victory over the governor at the expense of good public policy,” said Rumana, R-Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Morris. “The Democrats are pushing a bill which has a loophole that allows the mentally ill to expunge their records then turn around and apply for a gun permit later. My legislation involves law enforcement for all mental health expungements and strengthens the burden for applicants with prior mental health commitments from obtaining an identification card to purchase a firearm.”
The current bill, which Governor Christie vetoed, requires law enforcement to be consulted only when individuals seek to buy a gun. Rumana’s bill requires law enforcement to be consulted on all mental health expungements.
“A more comprehensive approach is needed that protects the public by preventing people with mental health issues from obtaining a firearm,” concluded Rumana.