With the rash of gun violence across the nation, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed seven new gun safety bills into law to make it harder to purchase and carry such weapons with the aim at curtailing such violence in the Garden State.
The passage comes at a time where gun violence has run rampant across the country, especially after a holiday weekend full of gun violence including a Chicago suburb where six people were killed and 30 wounded on the 4th of July. It also comes after 21 people were shot in New York City over the weekend, and a teenager was arrested in Newark for a drive-by shooting that injured nine people.
The seven bills I signed into law today are a huge step forward for commonsense gun safety.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) July 5, 2022
But this will not be our only or our last step. We will continue to take action to make New Jersey safer for all. pic.twitter.com/QtWuq3rbOI
“In the wake of horrific mass shootings in Highland Park, Illinois, Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, it is necessary that we take action in order to protect our communities. I am proud to sign these bills today and thank my legislative partners for sending them to my desk,” Murphy said at the signing.
According to reports, “The guns safety package has seven bills that include requiring gun owners who move to New Jersey from out of state to register their firearms within 60 days with local law enforcement; lets the state’s attorney general bring a ’cause of action for certain public nuisance violations arising from sale or marketing of firearms;’ bans .50 caliber rifles and places restrictions on ghost guns.” (ABC News).
The new laws come two weeks after the Supreme Court’s controversial decision to strike down New York’s restriction of conceal/carry, a move that Murphy heavily criticized the Court for over the past couple weeks.
As gun violence continues to surge in communities across the country, it's more important than ever to elect gun sense champions like @GovMurphy who are committed to taking action to #EndGunViolence. #NJPolitics #NJLeg pic.twitter.com/ZERJ8iYPSH— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) July 5, 2022
🚨BREAKING: @GovMurphy has signed six common-sense gun violence prevention bills into law.— Brady | United Against Gun Violence (@bradybuzz) July 5, 2022
Following the tragedies in Uvalde, Buffalo, and now Highland Park, it is imperative that states follow this lead and pass sensible legislation to #EndGunViolence. #NJleg pic.twitter.com/JbxQC1fPGw