NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 19: Democratic candidate Phil Murphy, who is running against Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno for the governor of New Jersey , speaks at a rally on October 19, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. Murphy was later joined by former President Barack Obama This is Obama's first return to the campaign trail to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia as they prepare for next month's elections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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.

“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.

The signing of the seven laws by Murphy drew applause from many including Moms Demand Action, New York Governor Kathy Hochul, Brady United Against Gun Violence among others.