Brady Celebrates Signing of Gov. Murphy's Historic 'Gun Safety 3.0' Package in New Jersey

The six common-sense gun violence prevention bills signed into law by Gov. Murphy illustrate the proactive, lifesaving policy solutions at our disposal, especially on the heels of the recent tragedies in Buffalo, Uvalde, and Highland Park.

Governor Murphy signs an executive order to combat the crisis of gun violence at Morristown City Hall on September 10, 2019.

Washington, D.C., July 5, 2022 - Today, Brady applauds New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy for swiftly signing six common-sense gun violence prevention bills, a majority of the suite of bills in the Governor’s Gun Safety 3.0 package.

Brady President Kris Brown shared:

“Gov. Murphy has strongly and consistently called for common-sense gun violence prevention reforms. Today, the legislature has delivered these needed policies and they will become law. From investing in microstamping technology and the creation of pathways to hold the firearm industry accountable through civil litigation, these bills cement New Jersey at the forefront of cutting-edge gun violence prevention policies. These bills are landmark achievements and today’s action is historic. Particularly following the egregiously wrong and dangerous Supreme Court decision in the Bruen case, this action is a clear sign to New Jersey residents that their elected officials will not be deterred or intimidated from passing strong, life-saving laws. It is true more work must be done, including passage of bills raising the age of firearm possession from 18 to 12 and requiring safe storage of firearms, but the bills signed today will save lives. Brady thanks the New Jersey legislature for leading the way in passing life-saving gun violence prevention bills and Gov. Murphy for his continued leadership on this issue.

About Gun Violence in New Jersey

Despite an increase in gun violence in New Jersey since the start of the pandemic, New Jersey has the third lowest rate of gun death in the nation thanks to its common-sense and comprehensive gun laws. Nearly 80 percent of gun deaths in New Jersey are perpetrated with firearms that were purchased out of state. On average, 439 people in New Jersey are killed by gun violence each year.

About Gov. Murphy’s Gun Safety 3.0 Package

A.4370 requires training in the lawful and safe handling and storage of firearms prior to issuance of a firearms purchaser identification card and permit to purchase handgun and requires renewal of firearms purchaser identification card after 10 years.

S.2905 bans certain weapons of 50 caliber or greater by revising the state definition of destructive device to include such weapons.

S.1204 requires firearm owners who become New Jersey residents to obtain a firearm purchaser identification card and register handguns acquired out-of-State.

A.1302 requires manufacturers, wholesale dealers and persons engaged in the retail business of selling, leasing, or otherwise transferring handgun ammunition to maintain an electronic record-keeping system of ammunition sales and firearm information.

A.4368 requires firearm retailers to sell microstamping-enabled firearms upon determination of viability by the Attorney General.

A.1765
permits the Attorney General to bring cause of action for certain public nuisance violations arising from sale or marketing of firearms.

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Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.


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