Piscataway passes ordinance banning gun shops near schools, churches

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The Piscataway Town Council has passed an ordinance that would ban the sale of firearms in certain areas of the town.

Under the measure, the retail sale of guns would be banned near schools, day care sites, college campuses, medical facilities, bars, parks, places of worship and similar sites.

“The federal government has been willingly absent on the epidemic of gun violence,” Councilmember Steven Cahn said in a statement.  “It is left to states and local governments to protect our residents, so we acted.”

The new ordinance comes on the heels of Gov. Phil Murphy signing six new gun control bills into law Wednesday.

Stronger gun control and ending gun violence has become a major issue for many lawmakers in the wake of several high-profile mass shootings in recent years.

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