Murphy’s Risk on His Gun Package: Appearing Slickly Opportunistic

Murphy’s Risk on His Gun Package: Appearing Slickly Opportunistic

In April, following a spate of mass shootings in Colorado and Georgia, Governor Phil Murphy announced in New Jersey’s largest city that he intended to roll out a new round of gun control measures. As New Jersey already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, Insider NJ spoke with elected officials whose constituents represent urban, suburban, and rural parts of the state for their assessments of the governor’s proposals. All three individuals interviewed were unsatisfied, but for different reasons and suggested different approaches to handling gun violence. For Senator Ronald Rice, Trenton needed to invest more in urban youth, and create safer environments in the cities which would, in turn, lower crime and raise the quality of life. For Senator Michael Doherty, the governor’s proposals are a needless distraction targeting law-abiding gun owners while turning attention away from the administration’s failure to manage state services, including unemployment. For Old Bridge Councilman Mark Razzoli, the governor was hamstringing law enforcement, leading to a rise in crime, while politicizing the victims of gun violence. The gun control proposals include, among other provisions, raising the age to purchase a long arm from 18 to 21, creating an electronic database of ammunition sales, banning .50 caliber weapons, regulating school shooter drills, and setting aside another $10 million for violence intervention funding, $2 million for Rutgers to study gun violence, promoting microstamping technology for ammunition, requiring residents who move to New Jersey to register weapons they purchased in other states, establishing […]

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