Gov. Murphy orders regular gun violence reports in New Jersey
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed an executive order requiring regular reports on gun violence in the state to be made public.
The governor signed the order Friday at the Asbury Park Middle School alongside Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan and acting Education Commissioner Lamont Repollet.
Callahan says state police will publish monthly reports online on gun offenses, including information on offenses committed, type of gun used, number of people shot and the town where the crime happened.
“We are doing this today for our residents and leaders to have a fuller understanding of the impact of gun violence in their own communities and the effects of firearms trafficking into New Jersey,” Murphy said at the event.
The online reports will not include names of suspects charged or wanted by law enforcement.
“We want to prompt a conversation about gun violence and the need to reduce the flow of illegal firearms into this state,” said Grewal. “The best way to do that is make all that information public and let the public use that to inform the discourse that is happening right now.”
Asbury Park has recently seen several incidents of gun violence, including the shooting death of a 10-year-old boy in February and a drive-by shooting last week that left five people hurt.
New Jersey has some of the nation's strictest gun laws. But Murphy says 80 percent of guns used in crimes in New Jersey come from other states.
“We are trying to leverage our intelligence to make sure guns that are sold in other states and find their way here are not brought in easily,” Grewal said.
Murphy says the order is part of an effort to keep the state at the "forefront" of fighting gun violence. He also says that a bipartisan committee is looking into stricter penalties and sentences for criminals convicted of gun crimes.
The reports should be up on state websites by May.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.