Phil Murphy pushes again for new gun laws in New Jersey. What would change

Phil Murphy pushes again for new gun laws in New Jersey. What would change

Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday pushed for new gun laws to solidify New Jersey’s status as one of the most restrictive in the nation for firearms. Murphy presented his plan as "perhaps the most sweeping gun violence prevention package in the history of our nation," but in reality many of the measures have stalled in the Legislature, some for years. The governor’s office said "it is significant," however, that he announced the measures with legislative leaders, indicating support to move them forward. Kevin McArdle, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-Middlesex, said: "The speaker is appalled by the continued incidents of gun violence throughout this nation. He will thoroughly review today’s proposed legislation that could help stem this tide of senseless violence.” The office of Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, declined to comment. The measures include banning .50-caliber rifles, requiring training before purchasing a gun and closing a loophole allowing firearms to come in legally from other states. Murphy also wants to spend $10 million on violence intervention programs and another $2 million on gun violence research and regulating school shooting drills. The Democratic governor used a 90-minute appearance in Newark to make the case for action during the legislative session in Trenton. "Just because we’ve got among the strongest gun safety laws and sets of laws in the nation does not mean they can’t be stronger," Murphy said. Moving state toward stronger gun laws New Jersey has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country […]

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