TRENTON - A bill that would limit gun buyers to one handgun purchase every 30 days fell one vote short of final legislative approval yesterday when it could not muster enough support in the state Senate.
The plan's sponsors said limiting the handgun purchases that can be made at one time would fight "straw buys" in which a person with a clean record acquires many guns and passes them to criminals. Opponents argued that New Jersey already had tough gun laws, and that additional burdens would only restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens.
The plan had won approval in the Assembly, and Gov. Corzine has said he would sign it if it reached his desk.