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Since the election of Democrat Phil Murphy as governor of New Jersey, the state legislature has been working long and hard to create as many gun control laws as possible.

One of the latest initiatives is coming from Democratic Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

His office has just issued a directive that is being billed as the first of its kind in all of America.

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Grewal’s directive would require all law enforcement agencies in the state to share detained information of every firearm used in a crime, including who bought and who sold the gun.

(North Jersey) – All law enforcement agencies in New Jersey are now required to share detailed information with each other about all firearms used in crimes, including who sold the weapons and who purchased them.

The directive from Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is said by his office to be the first of its kind in the nation and is the latest attempt by the administration of Gov. Phil Murphy to stem the flow of firearms from other states into New Jersey.

Issued this week, the directive is meant to help the State Police monitor statewide patterns as to where the guns come from and use that information to prosecute “straw purchasers” and traffickers, including those in other states.

New Jersey police departments, including the State Police, had already been receiving trace data for recovered guns from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, but until now they were not required to share that information with other agencies for guns originally sold in other states. ATF traces can identify a gun’s manufacturer or importer, wholesaler, retailer and first retail purchaser…

The report on the directive states that about 75% of all guns used in crimes in New Jersey come from out of state.

Maryland officials made a similar claim, but an ATF study recently refuted that idea.

One of the obstacles that will have to be met is how do smaller local law enforcement agencies find the personnel and money to make sure they share all information with everyone else?

One way of overcoming that hurdle is to use the ATF to do the tracing, reporting and sharing, meaning that US taxpayers will pay for it instead of just New Jersey tax payers.




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