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NJ News Commons: New Measures Could Tighten State's Gun Laws


This write-up by Matt Arco is a good primer on the gun control measures in the Legislature that might make Gov. Phil Murphy's promise "to be a leader in the fight for common-sense gun safety" actually come true. (NJ.com)

  • This bill would criminalize acting as a straw purchaser as well as selling, possessing, or transporting a gun without a federal serial number.
  • This bill would expand the crimes — carjacking, making terroristic threats — that, if someone is found guilty, would also make it illegal for them to buy a gun in the state.
  • This bill would require renewal of firearm identification licenses every four years, with proof of graduation from a gun safety course every time.
  • This bill would formalize the tracking of ammunition sales, with reports to the state police. Ammunition sellers would be responsible for confirming purchasers are 21 years old or over, the same legal age for handguns.


Special counsel Robert Mueller made his first public comments about his investigation yesterday. Notably, he said, "If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.” On Twitter yesterday, Sen. Cory Booker and other Democratic presidential candidates called out to impeach the president. (The Record)


Less than 1,000 first responders who served at the World Trade Center site on September 11, 2001 were New Jerseyans, a researcher told a state committee this year. A bill that cleared the state Assembly last week would enable these brave volunteers to be covered by the state's police and firefighters retirement plans under "accidental disability", which is more generous "than an ordinary disability, since most were technically volunteering when they were assisting at the WTC site," John Reitmeyer writes. It has bipartisan support. (NJ Spotlight)


This word might be new to you — "agroterrorism" — but rural areas in our state need to pay attention, because at a seminar in Cumberland County, an FBI agent said "the food chain is under attack," Raven Santana writes. A task force has been investigating incidents that introduce biological weapons into the system that feeds us, from allegedly spraying a popular salad bar with chemicals to disrupt a local election (in Oregon), to potentially infecting an entire field of crops. They urged the state to take the threat seriously. (NJTV News)


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