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New Jersey gov signs executive order making gun data more accessible


New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed an executive order this week to make data on gun violence more accessible.

The order, which Murphy signed Friday, is known as a “Name and Shame” order, according to NPR.

The move requires state authorities to publish information on their website about the origin of guns used in crimes.

“Every New Jersey resident deserves to live in a community that is safe, secure, and free from gun violence,” the order says.

{mosads}The order notes that 80 percent of guns used in crimes committed in New Jersey are trafficked from outside the state.

Murphy hopes that the increased availability of the information will “increase public awareness of the impact of gun violence on their communities and the effects of firearms trafficking into New Jersey,” according to the document.

“Any death due to gun violence is one death too many,” he said in a statement.

Murphy called for action on gun control following the Florida high school shooting in February, saying that he hopes his state “can actually be a model” for taking action.

New Jersey is also one of four states who agreed earlier this year to share registries of people banned from purchasing guns.


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