TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – The state Senate passed a bill that could make guns able to be fired only by authorized users more prevalent in New Jersey.

The Senate voted 22-15 on Monday in favor of a bill that requires firearms retailers to sell personalized handguns, also known as smart guns, in the same manner as other handguns.

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The legislation would repeal parts of an older law that lawmakers say resulted in fewer personalized handguns being sold in New Jersey.

Legislators say the new legislation could result in less gun violence if firearms can be limited to only authorized users.

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Opponents say government shouldn’t mandate what retailers sell.

The bill now goes to the Assembly.

A message with Gov. Chris Christie’s office was not immediately returned. Christie is seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

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