New Jersey Gun Data Report Gains Praise and Criticism

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The recently released gun data from New Jersey is getting both praise and criticism.

Gun control advocates are hailing the state's release of near-real-time firearms trafficking data as a trailblazing use of federal information.

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But Second Amendment advocates question whether Governor Phil Murphy is circumventing a prohibition barring the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) from giving certain gun data to anyone but law enforcement.

Murphy unveiled the data for the first time last week as part of a campaign promise to strengthen New Jersey's already-tight gun laws.

The report uses ATF gun-trace data for the first quarter of 2018 and shows that 77-percent of guns used in crimes in New Jersey come from out of state.

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