New Jersey Governor Murphy says he is confident a bill banning guns in houses of worship, and other public areas will pass the state Legislature “sooner [rather] than later.”
Appearing on WNYC’s “Ask The Governor” segment, the governor was asked by reporter Nancy Solomon why the Legislature has not yet acted following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June which loosened restrictions on concealed carry permits.
“I don’t want to put words in the mouths of the Legislative leaders ever, but we had a meeting on this actually, this afternoon. I think this is imminent, as in the the next month or two,” Governor Murphy said, noting that he can’t just do this by himself by signing an executive order.
“There will be certain [areas] off limits, including private property, … churches, places of entertainment, soft targets, Murphy explained.
As first reported last week by TLS, a bill was introduced in the New Jersey Assembly that would ban holders of Concealed Carry Weapons permits (CCW) in New Jersey from carrying in Shuls and other sensitive places.
Murphy signed an executive order following the Supreme Court decision ordering state departments to review all statutes and regulations to determine what areas can be designated as “gun-free.”
According to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, New Jersey already has the second toughest guns laws in the country, trailing only California.
In a statement to TLS, Evan Nappen, New Jersey’s top gun rights attorney for over 30 years, said that under the proposed bill, Shuls would not even be able to hire armed security.