Murphy addresses Pemberton boy’s shooting in call for gun measures

Murphy addresses Pemberton boy’s shooting in call for gun measures

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David Levinsky @davidlevinsky Feb 11, 2020 at 7:01 PM The issue of safe storage was spotlighted by law enforcement after a 4-year-old Pemberton Township boy’s tragic death Friday night after he gained access to an unsecured handgun in his family’s Country Lakes home and then accidentally shot himself. MAPLE SHADE — Gov. Phil Murphy repeated his call for additional federal gun control Tuesday while also expressing his willingness to consider additional state legislation to improve safety. Speaking to reporters after an unrelated event in Maple Shade, Murphy said he was proud of New Jersey’s recent “A” grade from the Giffords anti-gun violence group but that federal action was still desperately needed to combat the scourge of gun violence. “I’m proud of that grade … but there’s only so much we can do because we’re not an island unto ourselves,” Murphy said. “We’ve strengthened our gun laws. We established a coalition of states for gun safety … We’re naming and shaming gun manufacturers. But there’s nothing that can come close to federal legislation … I beg that somehow we can get the will of the Congress — both chambers — and the president to sign federal legislation.” Among the gun-control measures signed into law during Muphy’s time as governor is one requiring gun retailers to stock at least one type of so-called “smart gun” — handguns that can be fired only by its owner — once the weapons are developed and made available, and another promoting the creation of violence […]

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