Surrounded by same party allies in Newark, Governor Phil Murphy this morning unveiled what he described as the most significant “gun violence prevention package in the history of the nation.”
The proposal includes $10 million street outreach.
“These will be new funds,” Murphy said.
He rattled off some of the other provisions in the sweeping package.
Mandating the storage of all guns in a lock box.
Increasing the minimum age for buying a gun to 21.
All guns would be equipped with microtechnology enabling the tracing of bullets to specific guns.
Electronic record keeping of all ammunition sold in New Jersey.
Ban the sale of .50 caliber guns.
Closing the loophole that allows those moving to New Jersey from out of state to be free and clear from the procedures and requirements of New Jersey.
Murphy also wants to increase the accountability of the gun industry.
Numerous allies joined Murphy at the announcement.
Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka
U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr.
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small
Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora
Former Governor Dick Codey
State Senator Teresa Ruiz
State Senator Joe Cryan
Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald
Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly
Hillside Mayor Dahlia Vertreese
Col. Pat Callahan of the New Jersey State Police
“New Jersey has a crime gun problem,” said Murphy. “These actions today are targeted at these communities who need our help.”
“We are tired of funerals and memorials,” said Oliver. “Growing up in Newark, I could go to any section of the city. Our young people can’t do that today.”