Gov. Murphy: Make Gun Crime Data Public

TRENTON – The governor wants gun violence data available at the publics’ fingertips.

Gov. Phil Murphy issued executive order no. 21 April 6, which directs the state’s department of law and public safety to post “key information related to guns used in the commission of crimes in the state” on its and the State Police’s website on an ongoing basis.

“Each department, office, division, and agency of this state is hereby required, to the extent not inconsistent with law, to cooperate fully with the Department and to furnish the Department with such relevant information and assistance on a timely basis as is necessary to accomplish the purposes of this Order,” the order said.

The order goes on to say that the database should raise public awareness on the impact of gun violence in communities across the state. While the order cites that 80 percent of gun crimes are committed with weapons trafficked into the state, it did not say how many of those crime were committed by citizens who follow New Jersey’s already strict gun laws.