Gov. Murphy discusses gun violence at Rutgers Center on Gun Violence Research

David Madden
April 23, 2019 - 3:00 pm
Governor Phil Murphy holds opening remarks in “Preventing Gun Violence in NJ: A Call to Action” hosted by the gun violence research center on Tuesday April 23, 2019.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Gun violence was the topic of conversation at a day long symposium at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. 

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy opened the first meeting of the school’s Center on Gun Violence Research. The state has recently begun releasing monthly statistics on gun related crimes and where the weapons are coming from.

He also noted efforts within the state to control illegal guns, considered to be one of the most stringent in the nation.

Murphy said the effort here is not so much about gun control as it is about finding “common sense and far reaching public policy solutions” and treating gun violence as a public health issue.

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The governor said he plans to convene a meeting between the Rutgers Center, mayors of cities prone to gun violence and national gun control advocates like the Brady Campaign. That session will come before Memorial Day, since urban gun violence typically goes up in the summer.