NJ governor signs new gun control laws

NJ governor signs new gun control laws
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed six bills on Wednesday to further tighten the state’s already tough gun control laws, according to the Associated Press.

Murphy had announced his plans to sign the bills yesterday, on the two-year anniversary of the Pulse night club shooting in Orlando, Fla., that left 50 dead, including the gunman. 

“On the two-year anniversary of the #Pulse shooting, our hearts are heavy thinking of the 49 lives tragically lost that day,” Murphy tweeted.

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"Tomorrow, I will sign into law some of the toughest gun laws in the nation in honor of all those lost to senseless gun violence."

New Jersey joins Florida, Vermont, and other states that have enacted strict gun control measures on the heels of the Orlando shooting and the fatal high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., in February that left 17 people dead. 

The governor on Twitter outlined some of the changes that would take place following the enactment of what he called “landmark legislation,” including requiring background checks on private gun sales, the reduction of magazine capacity, a ban on armor-piercing bullets, and keeping “guns out of the wrong hands.”

Murphy, who succeeded Republican Gov. Chris Christie this year, also encouraged voters to support candidates who will back “common sense” gun control legislation ahead of the midterm elections in November.