New Jersey’s already strict gun control laws just got even tougher.

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New Jersey already has a reputation for having some of the most strict gun control laws. But gun control advocates could soon boast it has the most stringent laws in the nation.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a half-dozen new measures into law Wednesday that will reduce magazine capacity, ban armor-piercing bullets, make it tougher to obtain a permit to carry a handgun, expand background checks on private gun sales and keep firearms out of the hands of people deemed a threat to themselves and others.

“We are going to be a leader in the fight for common-sense gun safety,” Murphy declared at the bill-signing ceremony in Trenton.

“New Jersey will lead,” he said. “(But) it is not enough. There’s nothing like national legislation coming out of Congress.”

Murphy added: “Our work is far from done. Let’s continue to work on this together. Vote in November for candidates who continue to support common-sense gun reform.”

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The governor welcomed a student, Alfonso Calderon, 16, who survived the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida to the bill signing. In February, a gunman killed 17 students and teachers at Calderon’s school.

The shooting spurred a national debate on gun control and school safety.

“He’s one of the core leaders from the students of that school who said ‘never again,'” Murphy said.

Calderon was welcomed with a standing ovation.

“There’s just one thing that I want everybody to take home today. Just one word. That word is ‘change,'” Calderon said. “The majority of America’s youth know that we need this change to survive in America’s schools.”

Calderon added: “Our current government on the local level, on the federal, is not cutting it. … We need change.”

Murphy campaigned on tighter gun control as the national debate on firearms has grabbed headlines amid the about two-dozen school shootings in 2018.

Murphy acknowledged the state’s tough firearm rules once he took office. But he said there’s no reason to tighten gun control. Rather, he has argued New Jersey could be seen as a model for the rest of the nation.

The new governor took a number of executive actions soon after he was sworn into office in January to constrict access to firearms or curb gun violence.

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Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News


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Murphy vows N.J. will be ‘a leader in the fight’ for gun control

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