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NJ "Names And Shames" States With Lax Gun Laws

by Countable | 4.10.18

What’s the story?

  • New Jersey, which has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, is now upping the ante by calling out other states when crimes are committed in New Jersey with guns acquired in more permissive jurisdictions. An executive order signed by Governor Phil Murphy, called the "Name and Shame" Law, will streamline the release of information already publicly available via the FBI in order to show the public where the guns are coming from.

  • In the order it states, "data indicates that approximately 80 percent of the guns used in crimes committed in our State are trafficked from outside the State of New Jersey."

  • New Jersey State Police will also immediately start publishing monthly reports on gun crimes committed within the state.

  • In a statement published by the governor’s office, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal expressed his support of the order:

  • >"…an important part of protecting New Jersey residents is providing the public with information that helps them understand where gun crimes are taking place, where the guns involved are coming from, and what kind of impact gun violence is having in our communities."

What do you think?

Do you support New Jersey widely circulating data about the sourcing of guns used to commit crimes in the state? Do you think it will have any effect on gun laws in other states?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Wikimedia / Creative Commons)

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