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Murphy headed to Westfield to talk gun safety

Governor will make pitch for gun fees

By David Wildstein, June 18 2019 11:53 am

Gov. Phil Murphy will bring his bid for increased gun safety to Westfield on Wednesday, where a man was arrested last week in the parking lot of an elementary school holding a .45-caliber handgun with an arsenal of hollow-point bullets.

Murphy is expected to call for boosting gun fees and adding additional taxes to make owning guns more costly, according to a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

A state budget introduced by legislators yesterday did not include gun fees.

In his budget address in March, Murphy called for increasing gun fees — in some instances, twenty times their current rate.

Westfield Mayor Shelly Brindle is expected to join Murphy at the news conference.

It is not immediately known whether Murphy will call out Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, a Westfield resident who has a 100% rating from the National Rifle Association, for his opposition to gun safety measures in the legislature.

Bramnick faces a tough race for re-election to an 8th term in the Assembly from a district that has tilted toward Democrats in recent years.

A Delaware man, Thomas Wilkie was found in a car outside the Tamaques Elementary School with two additional loaded magazines of ammunition and another 130 rounds in his car.  The school was placed on lockdown and students attending an after-school session were held in place until after 5:30 PM.

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7 thoughts on “Murphy headed to Westfield to talk gun safety

    1. How would raising fees on NJ’s law abiding have stopped this man from Delaware? How has any of the new gun laws from last year, or will the proposed laws this year do ANYTHING to stop gun violence. If Murphy truly wants to do anything about gun violence, he would impose stricter, mandatory jail time on people that use guns to commit a crime, instead of letting them off on plea deals only to try the crime again. If anybody thinks that NJ’s gun laws are to lacking, I invite you to visit your local PD, and apply for a firearms ID, see what hoops you need to jump through, and then tell me NJ needs tougher laws.

  1. The poor guy in Clark that was beaten on his front lawn because thugs wanted his car should have had a gun. Not in this state where only the criminals can carry!

  2. Why are you misleading your readers? You state in your article that, “It is not immediately known whether Murphy will call out Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, a Westfield resident who has a 100% rating from the National Rifle Association, for his opposition to gun safety measures in the legislature.” To the best of my knowledge Mr. Bramnick DOES NOT oppose gun safety measures in the legislature. He does however oppose legislation that infringes upon Constitutional Rights. He took an oath to Support and Defend the Constitution. I might remind you Murphy took the same oath only to violate it daily. Let’s be honest, Murphy’s proposed legislation has nothing to do with “Gun Safety” but it has everything to do with raising revenue. Raising revenue to spend on things that truly do make us all less safe. When will common sense prevail and people realize more gun legislation will do nothing. It is the a Criminal’s job to break the law; Just like yours is to report the “Factual” news. Restrictive gun laws impact no one except the law abiding gun owner. History has proven this time and time again. California, New York and New Jersey have some of the toughest gun laws and yet still have some of the toughest and most violent cities in the nation. Mr. Murphy is trying to deceive people by calling his proposals gun safety measures and you David Wildstein are helping him by misleading your readers.

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