Gov. Phil Murphy will make his second appearance in less than a month this afternoon to talk gun safety issues in the politically competitive 21st district, where Democrats are making a play to oust Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield).
Murphy will sign a package of gun safety bills passed by the legislature last month. Bramnick, who has a 100% rating from the National Rifle Association, voted no on two of the bills.
Democratic challengers Lisa Mandelblatt and Stacey Gunderman are expected to Bramnick’s record on guns a key issue in their campaign to unseat him.
The June arrest of a man found in a parking lot of a Westfield elementary school holding a .45-caliber handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets.
It is not immediately clear whether Murphy will call out Bramnick for his votes.
Murphy visited Westfield the week after the arrest sent shock-waves through the suburban town, but the governor used the appearance to pressure Senate President Steve Sweeney to post more gun safety bills. Murphy never mentioned Bramnick.
Bramnick opposed legislation that would require firearms licenses in the state be renewed after four years. Currently, the licenses last indefinitely unless a holder commits an act that would bar them from owning one.
He also voted against a bill that would establish a smart gun commission and, eventually, require gun stores to carry at least one smart gun. Smart guns are firearms that include some manner of bio-metric lock that prevents anyone but the owner from operating them.
Bramnick voted in favor of bills that would, among other things, impose stricter ID requirements on ammunition purchases and require retailers to keep detailed electronic records of ammunition sales; make firearm straw purchases illegal; and create safe-storage requirements for guns.