The school shooting in Connecticut a week ago has inspired passionate debate
about gun laws throughout the country, and rightly so. A serious incident
like that involving the lost lives of children should push a country to
question its status quo.
In New Jersey specifically, gun control advocates argue that the states
relatively strict gun laws are not as useful as they could be. Why? Because
the states next door have less firearm regulations and prohibited guns
are easy to access and get into New Jersey.
At the center of much gun control debate is the legality of assault rifles
in the country. Currently, no federal law entirely bans the sales and
possession of the type of assault firearm that the shooter used in last
week's Newtown killings. The attack, however, has further convinced
gun control supporters that assault weapons must be federally outlawed.
New Jersey already has a law against assault firearms, including the type
that was used in Newtown. It is a state law, and its neighbor states have
not adopted the same ban against the weapons that critics call "weapons
of war." The inconsistency in gun laws, some lawmakers argue, makes
New Jersey and the U.S. overall more dangerous places where crimes of
violence will continue.
It's natural for extreme incidents of violence to lead to conversations
about gun laws and the causes of violence. Such crimes can lead to the
system being hard on people who maybe unknowingly violate a weapon law.
New Jersey is especially tough on suspects with weapons. Visit our
Weapons Offenses Attorneypage to learn more about gun laws in the state and how serious a weapon
charge can be.
Source: Phillyburbs.com, "Gun control advocates: NJ's assault weapons
ban strong but federal ban needed," David Levinsky, Dec. 21, 2012