Gun stats in NJ to include manufacturers

David Madden
March 18, 2019 - 4:00 am
New Jersey has been releasing information on illegal guns used in crimes for about a year now, including where those weapons came from

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey has been releasing information on illegal guns used in crimes for about a year now, including where those weapons came from. The state announced an expansion of that effort at an event in Jersey City.

Eighty percent of the illegal weapons come from out of state, many from Pennsylvania or down south where gun laws are not as stringent as they are in New Jersey. Now, Gov. Phil Murphy is taking the next step: including the manufacturer in monthly and quarterly reports.

“Surely it won’t be good publicity for them to know that they make the guns popularly trafficked by criminals,” Murphy said. “Perhaps, finally, we can enlist them to help us change our laws to clamp down on gun trafficking." 

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Murphy’s proposed budget calls for increasing fees for gun licenses for the first time in more than 50 years.

“A lot has changed in New Jersey in 53 years,” he added. “We’re changing our gun safety laws. It’s well past time we changed the gun fees too.”

Permits that now go for $2 would run $50, with higher fees for ID cards, carry permits and gun dealer licenses.