More than a dozen organizations have joined together in calling on the State Senate to approve a package of gun control legislation passed by the Assembly last week.

David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ

“Is it unreasonable to say hunters don’t need 30-round magazines, or 50-round magazines, or cop-killer bullets?” Former Governor Jim Florio asked during a news conference at the Statehouse this morning. 

Supporting him were members from Ceasefire New Jersey, the Million Mom March of New Jersey and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA).

Current law forbids someone on the terrorist watch list from getting aboard an airplane, but it doesn’t stop them from buying a gun, Florio pointed out.

In praising the proposed legislation, Wendell Steinhauer, Vice President of the NJEA said, “It creates a school security task force made up of people who work in schools and law enforcement, and charges them to find ways to make school buildings safer. That’s just common sense.”

New Jersey republicans argue that the Garden State already has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, and they call the proposed bills poorly drafted, illogical and rushed through.

Other organizations attending today’s press conference include:

  • The Academy of Pediatricians
  • The New Jersey School Boards Association
  • The Unitarian Universalist Association of New Jersey
  • New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association
  • The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
  • Heeding God's Call
  • Moms Demand Action on Gun Violence
  • BlueWave NJ
  • Morris Council for Gun Violence Prevention