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NJ "Names And Shames" States With Lax Gun Laws

by Countable | Updated on 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

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  • Lawrence
    04/10/2018
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    Very good, NJ. I love transparency. Need more of it.

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  • JTJ
    04/10/2018
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    Really, is any state going to be shamed by New Jersey? I don’t think so.

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  • Martha
    04/10/2018
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    Great idea! I hope more states follow this example.

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  • Awilda
    04/10/2018
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    Thank you New Jersey. Ban all assault weapons period.

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  • Bernie
    04/10/2018
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    I live here and it sucks. This states #1 export is Liberals who crawl like locusts and corrupt good states.

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  • Timothy
    04/10/2018
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    Take assault weapons and high volume magazines away from all but the military. What self respecting hunter uses an assault weapon to kill a deer or turkey?

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  • James
    04/10/2018
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    Get off the Crap New Juersey! It’s none of your damned business!

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  • jayar
    04/10/2018
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    Gee, this sounds familiar, like Chicago blaming lax laws for violence in their own city. Trouble is that the areas with more "lax" laws have lower crime. Go figure

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  • Steve
    04/10/2018
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    This is absolutely ridiculous! I’m getting real tired of certain politicians that want to take our guns. Work needs to be done to get guns away from criminals and NOT law abiding citizens!!

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  • Andy1
    04/10/2018
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    Not opposed. But as some of the other comments make clear, there is no shaming the shameless.

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  • OlderNWiser
    04/11/2018
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    Assault weapons are weapons of war, have nothing to do with hunting, and they’re designed to murder the maximum number of people in the shortest time. We need to regulate guns, be much more strict about licensing and training.

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  • Latonya
    04/10/2018
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    I believe all 50 states should band assault rifles. That weapon is mass shooting machine why do we need that type of weapon unless we are at war or in law enforcement. I give my hand to New Jersey I think you should share were the guns are coming from.

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  • Cynthia
    04/11/2018
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    Good for New Jersey. Any action that is taken to keeping better data regarding weapons is a good idea.

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  • Cody
    04/10/2018
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    New Jersey you have no power in other states and lax gun laws I call bullshit on because look at Switzerland it’s required to have a gun and they are the highest standard of living and safest places to live in Europe

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  • Vincent
    04/10/2018
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    This is going to be so funny when they show that all these are coming in from other places illegally and then be like well would you look at that more wasted time on policy that doesn’t work.

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  • Jennifer
    04/11/2018
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    Why is it that most liberals turns the 2nd amendment into whether a gun’s utility is that it meets or surpasses the power needed to hunt? Since when did that become a prerequisite for gun ownership? The 2ndA is about defense; the greatest defense being liberty. Stop framing and reframing the narrative to fit your agenda. We the people see right through it!

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  • Mickb
    04/10/2018
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    This seems like the equivalent of my 2 year old yelling she hit me and pointing at her cousin real mature

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  • Cindylen
    04/10/2018
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    We need to reinstate funding for the research of firearm injuries and deaths. We need to ban assault weapons. We need universal background checks. If guns are not stored safely and are then used in a crime, the owner needs to bear some responsibility.

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  • KansasTamale
    04/10/2018
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    Congratulations to New Jersey for widely circulating data about the sources from where guns come that are used to commit crimes in the state. It will NOT have any effect on gun laws in KANSAS. Gun people are crazy in Red States. When 3% of the population owns 90% of the guns, it shows that those people have to be paranoid or as I said CRAZY!!!

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  • Terry
    04/10/2018
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    It doesn’t matter where they got them. It’s who used them and how they used.

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