Gov. Phil Murphy, joined by three other northeastern governors – New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont – announced this afternoon that their four states would share gun violence data with one another as part of a larger initiative against gun violence.
“As we’ve noted before, when we work together as regional partners to enact regional solutions, we’re far better off than if we all go on our own,” Murphy said in the livestream of the announcement. “And a critical piece of this is sharing information so we can put smart policies to work.”
Murphy added that, while New Jersey may have strict gun laws, crime guns can still flow into the state from other states that have looser restrictions; the same is also true in other northeastern states like New York and Connecticut.
“The reality is that guns don’t understand the concept of state lines, but those who purchase them do,” he said. “Working together, we can as a region put in place the safeguards we need to combat the trade in illicit guns as we continue imploring Congress to enact strong national gun safety measures.”
The initiative, and its accompanying memorandum of understanding, isn’t the first time New Jersey has paired up with other states in the area to share gun data. In 2018, Murphy hosted the inaugural meeting of the “States for Gun Safety” coalition, which included representatives from New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Delaware and which had the similar mission of collaborating on gun violence.