Gov. Murphy pledges to sign new gun bills Tuesday after July 4th mass shooting in Illinois

Gov. Murphy pledges to sign new gun bills Tuesday after July 4th mass shooting in Illinois

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, shown here speaking in March, has proposed three packages of gun safety bills since he took office in 2018. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday that he will sign a package of seven gun safety bills on Tuesday that will, among other things, regulate ammunition sales, expand requirements for gun owners relocating to New Jersey, and empower the state’s attorney general to prosecute gun manufacturers and retailers. Murphy made his announcement via Twitter hours after a gunman opened fire and killed at least six people and injured dozens more at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Ill., about 25 miles north of Chicago. “Not even a parade on the Fourth of July celebrating our nation’s independence is immune from our nation’s gun violence epidemic,” Murphy tweeted . “Tomorrow, I will sign seven sweeping commonsense gun safety bills into law. We cannot wait.” The package of bills, passed along party lines by the New Jersey Senate and Assembly on Wednesday, was called gun safety 3.0 and proposed by Murphy in April 2021. It had been languishing in the state Senate for more than a year as legislators wrangled over the need for more laws in a state with some of the strongest gun regulations in the country. The new bills not only regulate ammunition sales and expand the power of the attorney general but require dealers to sell microstamping-enabled firearms, prohibit the sale of some .50 caliber rifles, call for gun owners […]

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