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NJ’s Tough Gun Laws Not Enough To Stop Old Bridge Shooting [AUDIO]

New Jersey’s strong gun laws couldn’t stop the shooting last Friday’s deadly shooting at an Old Bridge supermarket that left two victims and the gunman dead.

Pathmark in Old Bridge
Pathmark in Old Bridge (Andriy Kopiychuk)

Leaders of the Garden State’s oldest and largest gun violence prevention group are calling for action at the federal level.

New Jersey still has an assault weapons ban, but the federal ban expired in 2004. Ceasefire New Jersey is calling for reinstatement of the ban, so that it would be more difficult to illegally traffic the weapons here. The group also wants federal legislation to close a loophole that allows people to buy guns at gun shows without having to undergo a background check and Ceasefire NJ is pushing for passage of the ‘Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act.’

“Assault-style weapons are commonly used in mass shootings because of their unique ability to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time,” says Ceasefire NJ project manager Nicole Bocour. “Assault weapons used in the shootings in Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, Oak Creek and Old Bridge, among others, belong on the battlefields, not on our streets.”

Ceasefire NJ is now under the umbrella of the Princeton-based ‘Coalition for Peace Action.’ Both organizations say they are not advocating for a ban on all gun sales. They simply want common sense safety measures in place. Officials say the right to self-defense is imperative.

Bocour says, “New Jersey has the second strongest gun laws in the United States and ranks among the lowest in gun deaths per capita. However, we are still susceptible to gun violence by use of illegal weapons due to overwhelmingly weak guns laws elsewhere.”

After July’s movie theater massacre in Colorado, politicians quickly began crawling out of the woodwork demanding tougher gun laws.

Governor Chris Christie said, “I agree with the President (Barack Obama). The President believes that we have enough gun laws on the books now and that we need to aggressively enforce the ones we have.”

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