NJ Governor Continues War on Second Amendment By Signing Stricter Gun And Ammo Regulations Into Law

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey signed into law yet another series of gun and ammunition restrictions on the heels of a recent Supreme Court ruling, which reaffirmed the right to keep and bear arms in the neighboring state of New York.

The law is being referred to as “Gun Safety Package 3.0” and would ban .50 caliber rifles and require firearm owners who become state residents to obtain firearm purchaser ID cards and register handguns acquired out-of-state. It would also mandate “micro-stamping technology” on specific firearms and make it easier for lawsuits to be brought against gun manufacturers and dealers over firearm-related crimes within the state, according to the office of the Governor.

In addition, the law aims to regulate the “sale of handgun ammunition and develops [a] system of electronic reporting of handgun ammunition sales.”

Murphy’s move comes after another public shooting made headlines during the country’s 4th of July holiday celebrations, when seven people were killed and at least 30 were injured during a parade in Highland Park, Illinois outside of Chicago.

Authorities have arrested a 22-year-old suspect named Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III who may have a connection to the shooting. Police gave chase briefly before Crimo was taken into custody.

Murphy reportedly used the Illinois shooting to push his own gun legislation by labeling it “an awful tragedy” and linking it to his own state’s future laws.

He also tweeted out a video of himself after the bill was sent to his desk entitled: “Signing a comprehensive gun safety bill package. WATCH LIVE:”


New York Governor and fellow Democrat, Kathy Hochul, also took to Twitter to heap adulation on Murphy for his attempts to enact limits on the Second Amendment.

“Thank you, @GovMurphy, for taking action today to protect our neighbors in New Jersey. Proud to have you as a partner in the critical work to get illegal guns off the street, crack down on ghost guns, and ultimately, save lives,” she originally wrote.

Murphy couldn’t help but quote tweet the statement and return the compliment.

Grateful for your partnership, @KathyHochul, in the fight to end gun violence and ensure safer communities for both the people of @NJGov and @NYGov,” he wrote.

Hochul herself signed similar legislation into law last week, as a direct response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on gun rights, seemingly thumbing her nose at the Justices’ 6-3 decision and inviting further legal challenges in the months to come. 

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