I’m happy to report that Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (District 19-Perth Amboy) has filed A4898, the Assembly version of Senator Lagana’s bill S3079, a Child Access Prevention measure which prohibits leaving a loaded firearm within easy access of a minor under the age of 18, and requires law enforcement officers who observe unsecured firearms to conduct follow-up and confirm compliance. According to the Giffords Law Center, a 2018 study found that 4.6 million minors in the US live in homes with at least one loaded, unlocked firearm, and another revealed that more than 75% of the guns used in youth suicide attempts were obtained in that manner. This bill promotes sensible and responsible gun ownership, and we hope to see it move quickly through the legislature this session.
Assemblywoman Lopez also has two other bills relating to gun safety currently working their way through the legislature:
A3874, which codifies Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #21, directing the Attorney General to issue reports concerning guns used in the commission of crimes in NJ. The Senate version, S2547, is sponsored by Senator Joseph Cryan.
AJR100, which designates June 2nd of each year “Gun Violence Awareness Day.” The resolution passed the full Assembly unanimously on May 24, 2018, and is awaiting further action in the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee, along with its Senate counterpart, SJR88, sponsored by Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez.
KeepNJSafe supports all three of these measures, and we thank Assemblywoman Lopez for her dedication to promoting gun safety in the State of New Jersey.