The Assembly today passed a package of gun safety bills designed to protect New Jersey students and communities from gun violence. The bills cover a range of issues from weapon-free zones around schools and other public places to limits on the number of bullets a gun magazine can hold.
NJEA issued a position statement in support of several of the bills that most directly affect students and school employees and of common-sense approaches that will help prevent tragedies like the one in Newtown, CT late last year. In addition, NJEA is working in coalition with other groups, headed by Ceasefire NJ, in an effort to protect students and schools from the scourge of gun violence.
About half the bills passed with strong bipartisan support. The remainder passed on close to party-line votes, with Democrats largely in support.
The bills must now be considered in the Senate before they can go to Gov. Christie’s desk.