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NJ Assembly set to vote on gun-control measures



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Assembly is poised to vote on nearly two dozen measures proponents say will curb gun violence.

The bills are being fast-tracked through the chamber following the Newtown, Conn. School shootings in December.

New Jersey’s gun laws are already among the toughest in the nation.

The Assembly Democrats’ proposals would place additional restrictions on allowable amounts and types of ammunition. They also would require proof of firearms training before gun permits are issued and mandate mental health records for background checks.

Lawmakers will also consider resolutions supporting President Obama’s proposed firearms legislation and the state Attorney General’s ongoing gun buyback programs.

The Senate has introduced several similar measures, but no hearings have been held.

Gov. Chris Christie has convened a task force to study gun violence.