Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey stand behind Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order pertaining to gun violence.
Signed today at Asbury Park Middle School, the order directs the Department of Law and Public Safety to consider all reasonable efforts to publicly release information on guns used in the commission of crimes in the state. The information is to be posted on the website of the State Police and the Department of Law and Public Safety.
This order is intended to raise the awareness of New Jersey residents about the impact of gun violence in their communities and the effects of firearms trafficking into New Jersey.
"Gun violence continues to rip apart communities throughout New Jersey. We’ve seen first hand its impact and prevalence right here in Monmouth County in Asbury Park, Long Branch and Neptune. A 10-year-old boy was shot and killed in his home in February. On New Year’s Eve, a 16-year-old shot and killed his his father, mother, sister and a family friend in Long Branch. Our residents deserve better. They deserve to feel safe in their homes,” said Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling.
“How many more lives must be lost before we finally say, ‘Enough.’ We applaud Gov. Murphy for signing this executive order and will work tirelessly alongside him to rid these communities of gun violence. It is heartbreaking and unacceptable that our residents must live in fear of being shot on the street or in their homes. Today, we as a state say, ‘Enough,’” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey.
Information on guns used in the commission of a crime, or crime guns, is difficult to obtain and media reports frequently use contradictory figures. Additionally, approximately 80 percent of crime guns in New Jersey come from out of the state, mostly from states with looser gun laws. The data on which states these guns come from, while readily available to law enforcement, is only published once every year, and the report only lists the states that are the top sources of guns, meaning it is not comprehensive.
The Assembly Members have introduced several pieces of common sense gun regulations, including:
- A bill that prohibits an individual who has been convicted of animal cruelty from possessing or purchasing a firearm.
- A bill requiring the safe storage of a firearm and establishing penalties for improper firearm storage.
- A bill establishing a process by which a family member, law enforcement agency, or teacher may petition a court to have a person’s firearms temporarily seized upon finding that the person poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to themselves or others.
- A bill establishing a Firearm Violence Research Center at Rutgers University.
- A bill prohibiting the investment of New Jersey public employee pension funds or annuities in any gun manufacturer companies.