Murphy Unveils Gun Violence Prevention Package


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.

These include:

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.

They included:

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.”





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2 responses to “Murphy Unveils Gun Violence Prevention Package”

  1. $10M to grease the machine in an election year is more like it. No problem, he’s got $4B to toss around. And his proposals are designed to harass lawful gun owners an businesses. None of this will have a positive impact on violent crime. How about stopping all of this bail and sentencing reform? Murphy and his attorney general have put criminal interests ahead of law-abiding citizens. How about a serious effort to reduce the number of father-less households? That’s probably the biggest problem facing these communities. No, nothing will change in the cities. To Murphy and the Dems, these lives don’t really matter, just their votes.

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