Gunshot victims often face difficulties when seeking compensation for their life-altering injuries. Now, however, New Jersey Assemblywoman Patricia Jones is trying to change that with Assembly Bill 6003, introduced on November 25th, 2019. If passed, this legislation will require all New Jersey gun owners to carry firearm liability insurance for at least $50,000, to ensure that gunshot injury victims have a chance at recovery.
Under AB 6003, gun owners who fail to maintain firearm liability insurance can be fined up to $1,000 for a first offense – and for subsequent offenses, gun owners can be fined up to $5,000 and disqualified from holding a firearm. If their firearm becomes lost or stolen, a gun owner must also immediately report its loss within 36 hours, or they will be considered civilly liable for any injuries incurred by their weapon.
Aside from allowing the New Jersey authorities to better track gun thefts, this bill will provide a more straightforward route for gunshot victims to cover their medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Although the $50,000 insurance limit may not cover the most severe gunshot injuries, requiring liability insurance will go a long way towards protecting the victims of negligent gun owners.
Time will only tell whether AB 6003 becomes law in New Jersey. Whether we’re negotiating with insurers or helping you file a personal injury lawsuit against a careless gun owner, however, our team at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. can fight for your rights after a gunshot accident.
Over the years, we’ve recovered over $1 billion in positive verdicts and settlements for our clients, because we are relentless in pursuing justice on their behalf. With half our firm members holding certifications with the Supreme Court of New Jersey, you can rest assured that we’ll provide the powerful, uncompromising representation you deserve after a catastrophic injury.
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