New 'law of the land' cracks down on New Jersey firearms even more

Mike DeNardo
July 16, 2019 - 2:34 pm
Governor Phil Murphy holds a press conference on the push for guns laws in Westfield on Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

Courtesy of Edwin J. Torres/ Governor’s Office

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NEW JERSEY (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a series of new gun control measures making New Jersey's already-strict firearms laws tougher. 

"These four bills are now the law of the land,” Murphy said.

At a ceremony at a high school in Union County, Murphy signed four bills that he called "Gun Safety Package 2.0." 

One of them would require gun dealers to sell so-called "smart guns" that can only be fired by their owners.

"Our action today will help speed the development and marketability of these personalized — and that's the word folks use now — personalized firearms," Murphy said. "Guns that can be only fired by their rightful and licensed owner."

Other measures would add to the list of convictions that would ban people from buying guns —push gun dealers to go to a suicide prevention course, and make it a third-degree crime for people who are banned from having guns from trying to buy one.