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***WEDNESDAY HEARING SET*** N.J. Assembly Democrats Unveil Sweeping Gun Violence Prevention Package
More than 20 Bills Focus on Weapons & Ammunition Sales, Mental Health, Enhanced Gun Safety, Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking & Boosting School Safety(TRENTON) -- New Jersey Assembly Democrats on Friday unveiled a sweeping new gun violence prevention package to make New Jersey safer by reforming weapons and ammunition sales, improving mental health services, enhancing gun safety, combating illegal gun trafficking and finding ways to boost school security.
The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday to consider 24 bills.
The hearing can be streamed live over the Internet here.
The measures would then be slated to get full Assembly consideration during a Feb. 21 voting session. Among other things, the bills would:
"As a father, I was horrified and heartbroken by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, but it shouldn't take a horrific tragedy like Newtown to open our eyes to gun violence, given the fact that 269 New Jerseyans were killed by senseless violence in 2011 alone - a 9 percent increase from the prior year," said Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "The time to get serious about protecting our children, our law enforcement officers and our communities from gun violence is long overdue. Our comprehensive package of legislation promotes common-sense gun safety measures, including keeping dangerous weapons off our streets, cracking down on illegal gun trafficking, addressing New Jersey's mental health crisis and ending the culture of violence."
"The tragedies have become too common and the sadness too deep," said Assembly Law and Public Safety Chairman Charles Mainor (D-Hudson). "We recognize that we cannot put an end to each and every gun crime, but we can responsibly close the gaps and make our laws stronger for the benefit of everyone. With this effort, good common sense will prevail."
The following bills will be heard at 10 a.m. Wednesday by Mainor's committee in Committee Room 11 of the State House Annex in Trenton:
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