NJ Politics Digest: America’s Love of Guns Not Reflected in New Jersey

Guns cannot be carried in New Jersey.
Guns cannot be carried in New Jersey. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation and among the lowest rates of residents seeking firearms.

The Record reports that the state consistently ranks last or next to last in the rate of residents seeking to own firearms.

The report says that data shows roughly five times as many people apply to purchase a gun, rifle or shotgun around the country than they do in New Jersey.

In New Jersey, the rate of firearms backgrounds checks is 115 checks per 10,000 residents.

The national rate is 632 per 10,000, and in some, such as Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and West Virginia, the rate topped 1,000, the report said. Indiana led the nation in 2017 with 1,251 checks per 10,000 residents, while Hawaii was last with 22 per 10,000. That year, New Jersey reported conducting 89 checks. That’s compared to 120,071 the state conducted in 2013, the report said.

Quote of the Day: “Words matter and comments can lead to conduct.” — Sharon Lauchaire, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey attorney general’s office.

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NJ Politics Digest: America’s Love of Guns Not Reflected in New Jersey