Big N.J. gun bills about to clear final hurdle, and Phil Murphy wants to make them law

Big N.J. gun bills about to clear final hurdle, and Phil Murphy wants to make them law

Gov. Phil Murphy will soon get his chance to sign tougher gun restriction rules into law, some of which were rebuffed by his predecessor for eight years, former Gov. Chris Christie . That’s because the state Senate will vote Thursday on seven statewide proposals at the Statehouse in Trenton, including mearsures that would reduce magazine capacity, armor-piercing bullets, make it tougher to obtain a permit to carry a handgun, expand background checks on private gun sales, and keep firearms out of the hands of people deemed a threat to themselves and others. The Senate vote is the last hurdle the bills face before they head to Murphy’s desk. The new governor has already vowed to sign the bills into law. Murphy, a Democrat, campaigned last year for tighter gun laws. New Jersey’s gun laws are already among the toughest in the country. And many of these Democratic-sponsored bills have been around for years, with most having been blocked by Christie, a Republican. The bills on the docket Monday include: * A1217 , which would create restraining orders in the state allowing family members and others to ask a judge to have a person’s guns seized and ban them from buying weapons for up to a year. * A1181 , which would mandate law enforcement in the state to seize a person’s guns if a mental health professional determines they pose a threat to themselves or others. * A2758 , which would strictly define that state residents need to show […]

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