New Jersey governor makes new push for ‘sweeping’ new gun laws

New Jersey governor makes new push for ‘sweeping’ new gun laws

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks during a joint meeting of the Democratic-led Assembly and Senate in Trenton. | Seth Wenig/AP Photo New Jersey governor makes new push for ‘sweeping’ new gun laws By MATT FRIEDMAN 04/15/2021 01:08 PM EDT Updated 04/15/2021 03:52 PM EDT 2021-04-15T03:52-0400 New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday began his third major push for new gun control laws since taking office in 2018. He cited rising gun violence in cities across the country, including in parts of New Jersey, which already has some of the nation’s most stringent gun laws. The governor, a liberal Democrat who is up for reelection this fall, said the measures were “perhaps the most sweeping gun violence prevention package in the nation” and would “guarantee unquestionably that New Jersey will have the strongest gun violence prevention laws in the United States of America.” Murphy unveiled his proposals at a press conference in Newark, where he was joined by high-ranking lawmakers from both houses of the state Legislature. But at least some of the proposals are likely to hit a wall in the state Senate. The package has the potential to become the latest spat between Murphy and the more conservative Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester), who has recently been hesitant to advance some legislation championed by the left, from gun control bills to measures addressing reproductive rights. Indeed, three parts of the proposal passed the Assembly last session but not the Senate. Like Murphy, currently the only governor on […]

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