Phil Murphy joins with other Democratic governors to push gun control

Feb 23, 2018, 03:38
Phil Murphy joins with other Democratic governors to push gun control

All four governors agree what they are doing does not take the place of action on background checks and metal health that still need to be taken by Washington. It is not clear how the other states would act on it, given that the law in CT and New Jersey, for example, expressly forbids firearm purchases only by people who have been committed to a mental health center.

In addition to the intelligence-sharing system, the four member states will also form the Regional Gun Violence Consortium, a group tasked with researching and producing evidence-based reports on how to reduce gun violence.

The announcement also included a plan for the nation's first Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium, which will feature experts across public policy, criminal justice, social welfare, and public health.

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Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and the governors of three other Northeastern states on Thursday announced a coalition to combat gun violence in those states. The idea is to take action where the federal government won't. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said they're considering organizing the consortium through their respective state universities.

The governors of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have created a coalition of like-minded states on gun control, promising to expand existing efforts to share information on illegal guns and ultimately make progress on safety measures where they contend the federal government has faltered.

Require gun shops to sell personalized handguns, or so-called smart guns, if the technology is available on the market. "However, the federal government's continued inaction on this issue has not only allowed the epidemic of gun violence to spread, but it has actually prevented the laws like the SAFE Act from being fully effective", New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. The coalition will allow the states to work together to better share information regarding gun purchases and to trace guns used in crimes. "But, even more importantly, a collective of states can take these steps together to broaden the reach and impact of common sense gun safety laws".

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The coalition will also trace guns that are used in crimes, as well as those that are transported across state borders.

NY will now share that information with the other states. The four state fusion centers that will jointly share information under this agreement are the New York State Intelligence Center, the Connecticut Intelligence Center, New Jersey Regional Operations Intelligence Center, and the Rhode Island State Fusion Center. They plan to urge other governors to join the group at a National Governors Association meeting this weekend in Washington, D.C.

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