Gov. Murphy Pushes Gun Safety Package, Republicans Say Law-Abiding Residents Shouldn’t Have to Give Up Guns

Gov. Murphy Pushes Gun Safety Package, Republicans Say Law-Abiding Residents Shouldn't Have to Give Up Guns

PATERSON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy is renewing his push for legislators to take action and pass a comprehensive gun safety legislative package that he initially proposed in April 2021 in Newark. If passed by the Senate and Assembly and signed into law, the bill package would be the third wide-ranging gun safety package signed by Murphy since taking office. Speaking in front of advocates and fellow legislators at an event at Saint Luke Baptist Church in Paterson, Murphy said, “It’s not fair that day after day members of our New Jersey family are being shot and killed. And it’s outrageous that their state government in Trenton isn’t doing everything it can to stem this tide of gun violence.” The Governor said that in the year since his first proposal of the package, 1,359 people were shot in the state, 250 residents were killed by guns. “These shootings have happened all across our state,” he said. According to the “NJGunStat” report run by the New Jersey State Police, as of March, there have been 89 shooting victims this year so far. Murphy told the story of 9-year-old SeQuoya Bacon-Jones who was shot and killed last month in Trenton while playing with her brother outside her apartment complex. Adults nearby the children had started fighting, one pulled out a gun and opened fire, hitting the girl in the chest. “The bills that I introduced one year ago are basic measures that will keep guns out of the wrong hands, help […]

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