Our view: NJ data release a new tool in fighting gun crime

Our view: NJ data release a new tool in fighting gun crime

Governor Phil Murphy signs an executive order on gun safety in Asbury Park on Friday, April 6, 2018. OIT/Governor’s Office. Give Gov. Phil Murphy credit for coming up with a clever, easy way to promote gun control — one that had been missed by all other states with tough restrictions like New Jersey. His administration this month released first-quarter federal data on guns used in crimes, including where they were recovered, where they originated and the number of people they injured or killed. It took only a month after Murphy signed an executive order to combine the federal data with some from the State Police Uniform Crime Report to produce and release the first New Jersey GUNStat report. It showed that in the first three months this year, 77 percent of the guns used in crimes and recovered in New Jersey had been purchased out of state. The top such source was Pennsylvania with 83 of the 268 guns, followed by four states to the south with looser gun laws than here, with 42 to 59 each. Murphy hopes the gun reports will pressure other states to tighten their restrictions on gun purchases or join New Jersey and others in the multistate compact working to reduce gun crimes. The report also will add a bit to the pressure on the federal government to strengthen gun-buying requirements and do more to ensure that gun buyers nationwide are qualified. Even with gun-control laws among the strictest in the nation, New Jersey […]

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