Following a racially motivated mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has renewed his call for tougher gun regulation after another mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas.
Murphy Calls for Tougher Gun Laws in Wake of Mass Shootings
Gov. Murphy spoke following a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in which an 18-year-old gunman entered the school through an unlocked door and killed 19 students and two teachers. Echoing the statements he made after the Buffalo shooting, Murphy called the Uvalde school shooting “yet another horrific and unacceptable act of gun violence,” and remarked “There is no greater responsibility than protecting our children – and our nation is failing this most basic test…The American people are waiting in exasperation and terror as members of Congress sit on their hands rather than pass nationwide gun safety legislation.”
Gov. Murphy again called for New Jersey lawmakers to pass a package of proposed legislation that would further tighten gun restrictions in the state, arguing that “this legislation will not only make it harder for guns to fall into the wrong hands but will also give law enforcement greater tools to protect communities – including our children – from gun violence.”
NJ Legislature Considering Bills to Amend Gun Safety Laws
The legislative proposal supported by Governor Murphy would make the following changes to New Jersey firearms laws:
- Anyone wishing to purchase a firearm would be required to first pass a gun safety course
- Additional requirements for firearms owners to lawfully store their weapons
- Ban on the sale of .50 caliber firearms
- Increase in the minimum age to purchase shotguns and rifles from 18 to 21
- New statutory civil liability for firearms manufacturers
According to rankings by the Gifford Law Center, New Jersey has the second strictest gun laws in the nation, behind California. Critics of the proposed legislation argue that the bills won’t actually have much effect on violent crime, as the new regulations only target law-abiding gun owners rather than illegal firearms entering New Jersey from other states.
NJ Senators Also Call for Federal Gun Control Legislation
Both of New Jersey’s U.S. Senators have also called for new gun control legislation at the federal level. Sen. Bob Menendez remarked that it was “incomprehensible…[that] absolutely nothing has been done on the federal level to stop these massacres.” Menendez argued that Congress should “stand up to the gun lobby and its enablers to save lives and stop this bloodshed.”
Sen. Cory Booker remarked that the Uvalde elementary school shooting resulted in “another American community shattered by gun violence” along with “another round of thoughts and prayers,” which Sen. Booker argued were “hollow words if we continue to do nothing to end the violent, unrelenting preventable shootings in our country.”
Governor Murphy also called for the U.S. Senate to confirm President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Steve Dettelbach. Murphy argued that Dettelbach should be confirmed “without delay” so that “the federal agency tasked with enforcing our nation’s gun laws has the strong leadership it needs to keep guns out of the wrong hands.”
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