New Jersey: Quick Release of Gun Data Called Trailblazing and Troubling (NJGUNStat Report)
From the Associated Press:
Gun control advocates are hailing New Jersey’s release of near-real-time firearms trafficking data as a trailblazing use of federal information, but Second Amendment advocates and skeptical Republicans question whether the report amounts to a way around a federal limitation on the release of some data.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled the data Tuesday as part of a campaign promise to strengthen New Jersey’s already-tight gun laws.
The publication appears to be the first time a state has taken advantage of the ATF data with such speed, according to experts at the gun safety Giffords organization and the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Cities, most notably Chicago, have used the ATF data in reports, but those came out annually. New Jersey has pledged to post monthly data and quarterly data based on ATF reports.
That has led Second Amendment advocates to raise concerns over the publicizing of such information.
- April 2018 – Gun Recovery Numbers Statewide
- April 2018 – Top Source States for Crime Guns
- April 2018 – Shooting Victim Breakdown
- April 2018 – Weapon Breakdown by Caliber
See Also: Official Release Announcement: Governor Murphy Announces Release of GUNStat Report (via NJ Attorney General Office)
See Also: NJ Gov: 77 Percent Of Crime Guns From Out of State (via AP; May 8, 2018)
Hat Tip: James J.
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