New Jersey lawmakers OK, send to governor 6 new gun bills

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Declaring it New Jersey’s response to a national crisis, lawmakers on Thursday sent a half-dozen measures tightening the state’s already-strict gun control laws to Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk.

The Democratic governor said he would sign the bills, establishing some of the “toughest gun laws in the nation.”

The Democratic-led Senate approved the bills that began advancing after a fatal high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead in February.

“This is our response to our national crisis,” said Democratic state Sen. Richard Codey, who served as governor from 2004 to 2006. “We need national legislation.”

Murphy wrote on Twitter Thursday night that he would sign the bills on Wednesday. He campaigned on a promise for more “sensible” gun control laws.