NJ leads charge in effort to ban carrying guns in public

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New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is continuing his push to curb gun violence across the country.

Grewal announced Tuesday that New Jersey is leading a coalition of 12 states to defend a law in Hawaii that would prevent people from carrying a firearm in public unless they can demonstrate a need to do so.

A panel of judges ruled in June that Hawaii cannot set those guidelines, citing the Second Amendment.

Grewal said in a statement, “...the evidence is clear that when more people carry guns in public, public confrontations get more dangerous, not only for the public, but also for our law enforcement officers."

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Grewal and Gov. Phil Murphy have made gun reform a large part of their time in office.

Earlier this year, the state sued Texas-based Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson to prevent blueprints from 3D-printed guns from being published in the state.

Cease-and-desist letters were sent to so-called “ghost gun” manufacturers to warn them that sales of these types of untraceable guns violate state law.

Gov. Murphy installed a practice that issues quarterly reports on gun crimes in New Jersey and also signed a law that limited large-capacity magazines.

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