TRENTON - The recent shooting at a Pathmark in Old Bridge comes on the heels of the shooting at New York's Empire State Building and the deadly movie theater shooting massacre in Colorado.

The violence prompted the anti-gun violence group Ceasefire New Jersey and its supporters to gather at the Statehouse today to demand an end to the bloodshed.

New Jersey's U.S. senators are behind tougher gun laws nationwide, but leaders in state government from both parties haven't shown the same type of support for tougher rules.

Assault weapons, like the one used in the Pathmark shooting, are illegal in New Jersey, but the federal ban was allowed to expire eight years ago.