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TRENTON, N.J. – The New Jersey chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, praised Governor Murphy for signing an executive action that will help fight illegal gun trafficking by improving access to data about guns used to commit crimes. Comprehensive crime gun trace data can detect the sources of illegal firearms recovered by law enforcement, track the movement of guns used in crimes and inform law enforcement and the public about gun violence and firearms trafficking patterns. This information is vital to fighting gun trafficking and keeping New Jersey communities safe.
A successful firearms trace will identify the first retail purchaser of the firearm. This individual or entity may be the perpetrator of the crime, or may be otherwise relevant to the case. Not only can a firearm trace be useful to solve a specific investigation, it may also be help identify patterns in gun trafficking between states.
STATEMENT FROM BRETT SABO, VOLUNTEER LEADER WITH THE NEW JERSEY CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“Governor Murphy continues to demonstrate his commitment to upholding New Jersey’s legacy as a leader on gun violence prevention. This important executive action will help policymakers learn more about how to better protect the people of New Jersey and law enforcement officials and also raise awareness of daily incidents of gun violence and gun trafficking that take place in our communities.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs