The prospects for congressional approval of an assault weapons ban appear to be even slimmer, now that Senate Democratic leaders are removing that provision from the firearms legislation the Senate will debate next month.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Applications for gun permits have jumped in Newtown since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which sparked a renewed debate about stricter gun control laws and a surge in gun sales around the country due to worries about new limits.
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.