The package of of bills now heads to the full Assembly.
A New Jersey Assembly panel has approved several new gun control measures and voted to exempt firearms records from the state's open records law.
The Law and Public Safety Committee is holding a hearing Wednesday on a package of gun control bills introduced by Assembly Democrats.
One of the bills getting early approval would require the state to submit certain mental health records to the national background check system. Another would disqualify any person on a federal terrorist watch list from obtaining firearms.
The panel also sent to the full Assembly a bill exempting firearms records from New Jersey's public disclosure requirements.
A large number of activists who believe the state's gun laws are already too restrictive are in Trenton for the hearing. New Jersey's gun laws are among the nation's toughest.