A sea of weapons on display at the Monmouth County Police Academy Tuesday is more evidence that New Jersey residents like their firearms and that's in a state with some of the toughest gun laws in the nation.
A divided Senate Judiciary Committee approved a Democratic bill Tuesday expanding required federal background checks to nearly all gun purchases, giving President Barack Obama an early victory on curbing gun violence in a fight that still faces difficult odds.
So far, more than 5,000 weapons have been taken off the streets of New Jersey through the state-sponsored gun buyback program. Attorney General Jeff Chiesa has announced another one will take place in Atlantic County on March 22 and 23.
Despite signs of stepped up White House involvement, a bipartisan compromise over expanded background checks for gun buyers remains elusive as a Senate committee prepares for votes this week on curbing firearms.
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