S3214 and A4769 will strengthen concealed carry permitting laws and ban guns from public spaces, including preschools and hospitals
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 22, 2022 — New Jersey communities will be safer following the final signing of a life-saving gun violence prevention bill by Gov. Phil Murphy that will strengthen New Jersey’s concealed carry permitting system and keep guns out of “sensitive places,” like hospitals, preschools, and more.
In June, the NRA-backed and wrongly decided Supreme Court decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen invalidated part of New Jersey’s concealed carry law and put New Jersey communities at increased risk of gun violence. Research has shown that violent crime rates rose upwards of 15% after 10 years in states that weakened their concealed carry laws. In addition to ensuring a strong concealed carry permitting process, the legislation signed today — S3214 and A4769 — will also ban guns from “sensitive places,” including preschools and childcare facilities, public transportation, hospitals and care facilities, public event spaces, playgrounds, public parks, and several others.
Brady President Kris Brown stated:
“New Jersey has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation. These proactive, sensible policy solutions save lives and are a large reason why New Jersey has the third lowest gun death rate in the country. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court’s decision in Bruen threatens to undo all of the work organizers and legislative leaders have done to make New Jersey safe.
S3214 and its companion bill A4769 are common-sense measures that will immediately address preventable violence and we commend Governor Murphy, Senate President Scutari, Speaker Coughlin, Senate Majority Leader Ruiz, Assistant Majority Leader Greenstein, Assemblymember Danielsen, as well as each of the prime sponsors of this legislation for their continued leadership on gun violence prevention efforts. While there is still more work to be done, this swift response culminating in today’s signing is a critical first step to ensuring the safety of vulnerable communities across the state.”
Brady New Jersey State Executive Committee President Carole Stiller shared:
"New Jersey - my community - is safer today thanks to the tireless work of dedicated activists and committed policymakers who showed up and demanded sensible solutions to reduce gun violence. This call to action culminated in the signing of S3214 and A4769 here today.
The signing of these bills demonstrates that in the wake of the Supreme Court's dangerous Bruen decision, it is imperative that states take up the mantle in helping solve gun violence and promoting public safety. However, the fight doesn't end here, and we must all continue to work together to end this epidemic and protect our communities. It takes all of us."
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.