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Gov. Murphy Signs Tougher Gun Laws In New Jersey

June 13, 2018 - 2:48 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) -- New Jersey is enacting measures to tighten its already strict gun control laws.
Wearing an orange ribbon symbolizing gun safety, Gov. Phil Murphy signed the half-dozen bills Wednesday at the state's justice building in Trenton.

"We are going to be a leader in the fight for common sense gun safety laws," Murphy said.

The measures began moving this year after the lethal high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead. Other states, including Florida and Vermont, have enacted gun control measures since the shooting.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Alfonso Calderon joined Murphy on stage and supporters of stronger gun laws, including Moms Demand Action, also attended the signing.

"I'm a member of a generation who is sick and tired of watching children our own age be senselessly murdered and then live with a fear that we could be next," said Zach Dougherty, a 16-year-old activist from Toms River.

One bill requires the seizure of firearms when a mental health professional determines someone poses a threat, and another requires background checks for private gun sales. 

A different measure would allow for family members or law enforcement to seek a temporary restraining order against someone suspected of posing a significant danger to themselves or others.

Other measures limit magazine capacity to 10 rounds and ban armor-piercing bullets.

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