New Jersey Witnessing Rise in Shootings Despite ‘Restrictive’ Gun Control

A Jersey City police officer on the scene of a shooting that left multiple people dead on December 10, 2019, in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Rick Loomis/Getty Images)
Rick Loomis/Getty Images

Politico reports that New Jersey is seeing a rise in shootings despite having “restrictive” gun control in place.

They note that Gov. Phil Murphy (D) is responding to the increased violence by pledging even more gun control.

Murphy campaigned for more gun control in Burlington County alongside Gabby Giffords, who has spent years fighting for restrictions on the exercise of the Second Amendment.

Murphy said, “We’re gonna win this thing and when we do win it, we’re going to go to gun safety package 3.0. We’re going to continue to make New Jersey the strongest gun safety state in America.”

Vice President Kamala Harris is greeted by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, center, and his wife Tammy Snyder Murphy, as Harris arrives in Newark, New Jersey, October 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Vice President Kamala Harris is greeted by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D), center, and his wife Tammy Snyder Murphy, as Harris arrives in Newark, New Jersey, October 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Giffords’ gun control group gives New Jersey an “A” on its current gun control status, noting that “New Jersey has some of the strongest gun laws in the country.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer observes that New Jersey gun laws include an  “assault weapons” ban, a partial ban on hollow point ammunition, and a requirement that would-be long gun purchasers first get a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card. Individuals wishing to purchase a handgun need a different permit. Moreover, only one handgun purchase per permit is allowed.

On December 10, 2018, Breitbart News announced that New Jersey’s “high capacity” magazine ban made the possession of said magazines a fourth degree felony.

Despite all these gun controls and more, shootings are on the rise in New Jersey.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second AGiffmendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a TPUSA Ambassador. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Reach him at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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