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NJ Assembly puts forth 20 gun-control bills

Local News, News | Feb 11, 2013

NJ Assembly puts forth 20 gun-control bills

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Democrat-led New Jersey Assembly plans to fast-track more than 20 new gun violence prevention bills.

The package of proposals announced Friday will restrict ammunition sales, require firearms safety training and make it tougher for some to obtain gun permits. The bills also will address mental health and enhanced gun safety.

The Associated Press obtained an advance copy of the legislation.

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver says she wants her chamber to show leadership on the issue of gun violence and do more to protect residents.

New Jersey’s gun laws are already among the toughest in the country, prompting gun-rights activists to hold a rally at the Statehouse on Friday.

The Assembly bills will be considered in committee this week, and voted on by the full house Feb. 21.