Gun-control advocates are calling attention to the violence plaguing Trenton as they urge the governor to sign a package of gun bills on his desk.

Trenton Police investigate a shooting in Villa Park (Brian McCarthy)

The city has experienced a sharp increase in shootings this year. The Times of Trenton reported 120 people were shot through the end of June.

Homicides are also on the rise. There have been 22 homicides already this year, most as a result of shootings, compared with 24 all of last year. The record was 31 in 2005.

Two state lawmakers who represent Trenton are holding a news conference Wednesday with an advocacy group to urge Gov. Chris Christie to sign a number of gun-control bills into law. Assemblyman Reid Gusciora and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman say the measures could save lives in Trenton and elsewhere.