Northeast governors look to double down on gun control in 2019
By Chris Eger
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, left and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, right, this month allied with gun control advocates to announce fresh new rounds of anti-firearms legislation. (Photos: Murphy & Raimondo’s offices)
After shepherding new gun restrictions into law last year, Democrat governors in New Jersey and Rhode Island are back this year asking for more. On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, joined by gun control advocates and state Dems, unveiled a push for what he termed “Gun Safety 2.0” after enacting a host of new gun laws in 2018.
On the list of measures advocated by Murphy and others included a crackdown on online plans to construct firearms, outlawing unfinished receivers and kits dubbed “ghost guns” by lawmakers and smart gun mandates. Further proposals are would require ammunition sellers to electronically record sales, mandate state-issued licenses to purchase ammo, establish duplicative state laws against “straw buyers,” and expand the pool of crimes that would trigger a lifetime gun ban. Another effort would require new gun buyers to pass a safety course.
Last year, Murphy, who ran for office with the strong support of gun control organizations, signed six new laws including a “red flag” seizure measure to remove guns from those believed