New Jersey Legislature Approves Bill Requiring Large Shuls To Plan For Mass Shootings

The New Jersey Assembly passed a bill which would require houses of worship, and other public venues, to create a plan to deal with potential mass shootings, and to share those plans with local police departments.

The bill, which was sponsored in the Assembly by Gary Schaer (D-Passaic), passed unanimously and now must be signed by Governor Phil Murphy.

The Senate approved the bill unanimously as well, during a session in June.

According to the bill’s text, “all sports and entertainment facilities, movie theaters, and places of worship in the State shall annually prepare and maintain an emergency operations plan in coordination with the appropriate local fire, law enforcement, and emergency response agencies.”

In addition, the bill says a “copy of the plan shall be filed each year with the municipal emergency management coordinator and chief law enforcement officer who serves the municipality in which the sports and entertainment facility, movie theater or place of worship is situated.”

The bill goes on to define a place of worship as “a building capable of seating more than 500 people, including but not limited to a church, mosque, or synagogue, used primarily as a place of  public or private worship on a permanent basis by a recognized and  established religious sect or denomination registered as a not-for-profit organization pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. s.501 (c) (3).”

Ironically, one idea which can not be used, is the use of armed members in the Shul itself, according to a recently introduced bill, first reported by TLS.

The bill will take effect 7 months after Governor signs it.


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  1. “Ironically, one idea which can not be used, is the use of armed members in the Shul itself.”
    Based on the above premise, one New Jersey Shul member proposed that the bill be named “The Mass Suicide” bill.
    “Apparently the NJ Legislature is introducing a bill that would require NJ Shul members to prepare themselves for mass suicide in response to mass shooting attacks,” the NJ Shul member said. “Hmmm, a Mass Suicide bill, ironic, indeed.”
    “But I’ve got a lot preparations to make for various urgent matters,” he said, “and preparing a mass suicide response to mass shooting attacks is not on my current agenda.”
    “My sincerest apologies to Governor Murphy and the brass,” he added, “but I’m way too busy right now to prepare for suicide.”

  2. Typical State of NJ stupidity !! Ban legally carried Firearms in Shuls, then put the responsibility on the Shul to come up with a plan. So if C”V something would happen, the State will blame the outcome on the lack of planning, for but on their own ASININE LAWS !!! Time to vote them out.

  3. These comments are right on point. These legislators need to know that passing a bill that denies people the right to EFFECTIVELY defend a place of worship is ridiculous and dangerous and encourages mass murderers as they know they will be safe from the sheep rising up

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