NJEA-supported bills will make schools safer

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a package of gun-safety bills today that will help make New Jersey schools and communities safer. The new laws add a number of safeguards, including limiting the amount of ammunition guns can hold and the destructive power of that ammunition. They also close a loophole in New Jersey’s background check system and make it a crime to buy components to build untraceable firearms. Additionally, they give law enforcement a valuable tool by allowing guns to be taken from individuals deemed by medical professionals to represent a threat to themselves or others.

The laws, which gained added momentum in the Legislature follow the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida earlier this year, help cement New Jersey’s reputation as a state that takes a common-sense approach to countering gun violence.

NJEA supported the bills, and representatives including President Marie Blistan and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty were at the signing ceremony.

Blistan praised Murphy and legislators for their work to make schools safer.

In the wake of the Parkland shooting in February, NJEA renewed its call for stronger gun-safety measures and condemned calls to arm educators instead of dealing with the underlying issue of gun violence.

“These laws send a strong message that we put our children and families first in New Jersey,” said Blistan. “Our schools should be safe places for learning, not armed fortresses. I’m proud that our state leading the way on common-sense gun safety reform.”

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