Lawmaker Advocates for ‘Smart Guns’ in NJ
State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D) is working to change New Jersey's gun laws to make smart guns available without making a radical change in the law.
A law written by Weinberg and passed in 2002 would require that "smart guns," which are weapons that would be fingerprinted to its owner and only operate when he or she handled it," be the only guns sold in New Jersey should any other state begin to sell smart guns. No other state currently sells smart guns.
"We passed that bill to help spur this technology," said Weinberg on 60 Minutes, who believes the NRA and gun advocates are threatening and intimidating gun shop owners across the country from selling smart guns for fear of triggering the New Jersey law. Weinberg said proposes legislation to repeal that part of the law but require at least one type of smart gun be sold in a gun store but has not got a reply from gun enthusiasts about her plan. "They seem to oppose almost everything. Anytime we suggest anything we've gotten very little cooperation back," said Weinberg.
A message left for the NRA seeking comment was not returned.