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N.J. GOVERNOR SIGNS LAW BANNING ASSAULT-GUN SALES

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Legislation banning the sale of assault weapons in New Jersey was signed Wednesday by Gov. Jim Florio, who said the measure gives the state the nation's toughest law regulating the military-style guns.

"Battlefield weapons have no use on our streets or in our cities," Florio, flanked by dozens of uniformed police officers in front of the Paterson Police Department, said."This bill prevents a person from walking in off the street to buy weapons that are designed to kill the most people in the least amount of time," Florio said. "It is a basic right for us to be safe and secure."

The new law bans the sales of semi-automatic weapons, but would allow current owners to keep the guns if they register them and join target shooting clubs. Collectors would also be able to keep the weapons if they are registered and their firing pins are removed.