Murphy sets higher standards for N.J. gun laws

Series of bills are some of strongest in nation

David Madden
June 13, 2018 - 3:38 pm
Gov. Phil Murphy signs several landmark gun safety bills into law.

Edwin J. Torres/Governor's Office

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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Phil Murphy signed a series of bills aimed at strengthening what is considered to be one of the strongest gun control laws in the nation.

Flanked by teenagers who are leading the youthful call for better gun control, Murphy approved the measures in Trenton. 

"By setting these higher standards," he said, "New Jersey continues to bolster its reputation as a national leader on this critical social and public health issue."

Democrats pushed the package after being thwarted time and again under former Gov. Chris Christie.

"These laws are common sense, rational, will keep people safer and at the same time not take away a single right of a law-abiding citizen who is a gun owner and cherishes the Second Amendment," Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald said.

The package allows better ways to keep firearms away from mental health and therapy patients, requires background checks for private sales of a gun, tightens rules for a permit to carry a handgun in public, and lowers limits for the capacity of ammo magazines from 15 bullets to 10.

As for a possible court challenge from the NRA, Greenwald doubts that will happen.

"I think the gun lobby will now move on," he added. "They were very active while this legislation was pending but they will now move on to something else."