“Day after day, members of our New Jersey family are being shot and killed,” Murphy said during an event at Saint Luke Baptist Church, attending by a number of other Democratic officials. “It’s outrageous their state government in Trenton is not doing everything they can to stem this violence.”
This is the third package of gun bills Murphy has pushed since taking office in 2018. It is one of the focuses of his second term after he was re-elected in November.
The proposals would change how firearm owners in the state are required to store their guns, ban the future sales of .50 caliber guns in the state, increase the age people can buy shotguns and rifles in the state from 18 to 21, mandate gun dealers in the state keep logs of ammunition sales, among other moves. …
Murphy said the bills are “basic measures” that would “keep guns out of the wrong hands,” help authorities arrest those who cause gun violence, and hold the “gun industry accountable.” He said it’s critical to enact them now because gun crime statistically increases in the summer.
“These bills, with all due respect, the definition of common sense,” Murphy said. “The time for excuses is over. Everyone of these bills deserves a vote.”