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Oroho, Testa appalled by Gov. Murphy’s latest attack on law-abiding gun owners

NEW JERSEY – Senate Republicans Steve Oroho and Mike Testa chided Governor Phil Murphy for his assault on gun rights during the Thursday morning press event in Metuchen.

“Governor Murphy continues to disregard the constitutional rights of legal gun owners,” Oroho (R-24) said. “The Governor’s rush to push through his anti-gun agenda in the lame duck session is a political ploy to curry favor with his progressive base. It’s a direct attack on responsible, registered firearms owners, sportsmen, and their constitutional rights.”

At the press conference, the Governor was joined by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and other supportive Democrats for what was called a “gun safety announcement.” Coughlin confirmed that he planned to support the gun package and would post the bills for a vote in the Assembly before the end of the legislative session on Jan. 10, the Senators said.

“Clearly, the timing is intended to further tighten gun restrictions on law-abiding residents as quickly as possible, giving opponents little to no time to be heard,” Testa (R-1) said. “There are dozens of bills awaiting action in both houses of the Legislature that would do more to fight crime and make New Jersey communities safer for everyone. This isn’t about public safety. It’s about his ultimate goal of taking guns away from the very residents who follow our laws.”

New Jersey’s gun laws are among the most restrictive in the nation. During his campaign for Governor four years ago, Murphy sought support from national anti-gun organizations, and he has signed numerous bills tightening firearm standards, including a half-dozen new laws in 2018, the Senators said.

“Responsible gun owners are not, and never have been the problem in this or any other state,” Oroho said. “You only have to look at Chicago, with the nation’s toughest gun laws and the highest rate of gun-related crime and killings to prove that more and tougher laws are not the answer. The Governor is just playing political games that will not make a dent in crime on New Jersey streets.”

“Murphy is the softest governor on crime that we have ever had. He capitalized on the pandemic to release thousands of felons to break more laws and, in some cases, commit murder,” Testa said. “I don’t buy for a minute that the Governor wants to increase safety. He wants to take our guns and increase his bonafides at the national level.”

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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