MORRISTOWN, NJ – With at least 30 passionate gun safety advocates standing in unison behind him, Governor Phil Murphy addressed a crowd on the steps of the Morristown municipal building celebrating his signing of an Executive Order that he states, promotes responsible gun safety.
Mayor Tim Dougherty was at his side, while First Lady Mary Dougherty sat in the front row. Also in the front row was Morristown Councilwoman Allison Deeb and Parsippany's Mayor, Michael Soriano.
"We will use the State's purchasing power to our advantage to combat gun violence", Governor Murphy started out saying.
This was a preface to him signing Executive Order No. 83 directing the New Jersey Department of Treasury, the Division of Purchase and Property, and the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance to promote responsible gun safety practices for gun vendors and financial institutions providing services to the state, and take action against insurance policies that encourage firearm use. This executive order complements comprehensive, commonsense gun safety legislation signed by Governor Murphy, making New Jersey a leader in instituting the strongest gun safety measures in the nation. This is according to a statement released by the Governor's office.
“New Jersey has committed to a whole-of-government approach to tackle gun violence,” said Governor Murphy. “I have signed comprehensive, commonsense gun safety and gun-violence intervention legislation, and now, under this executive order, my Administration is committed to making our communities safer by aiming to do business with gun dealers that have adopted best practices to reduce gun violence. We want those who do business with New Jersey to share our values and be committed to ending the scourge of gun violence in our communities.”
He did this while throwing out an intentional slam to our previous Governor, Chris Christie. "We've implemented many gun safety laws that my predecessor Vetoed".
Also taking turns addressing the crowd were State Treasurer Elizabeth Muoio and the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Marlene Caride.
The Order is intended to use the state’s purchasing and regulatory powers to hold gun manufacturers, retailers, and the financial institutions that provide services to those entities accountable for promoting gun safety principles. Among the directives, Governor Murphy’s executive order states:
- The Division of Purchase and Property is to issue a request, within 30 days, to all retail dealers or manufacturers of firearms that currently sell ammunition and/or firearms to the State to ascertain whether vendor practices, where applicable, adhere to the applicable public safety principles related to firearms listed in the order.
- Upon receipt of information from such retailers and manufacturers, the Division of Purchase and Property shall determine whether and how to ensure that any prospective bid solicitation for ammunition and firearms include a requirement that each vendor, prior to award, certify adherence to public safety principles relating to firearms as defined in this order.
- The Treasurer is instructed to issue a request, within 30 days, to financial institutions providing services to the Department of Treasury, or any of its divisions, offices or agencies, to disclose whether such institutions have adopted any code of conduct or principles related to gun safety or responsible sales of firearms.
- The Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, within 30 days, is instructed to take all appropriate action within her authority to prohibit and/or limit the sale, procurement, marketing, or distribution of insurance products that may serve to encourage the improper use of firearms.
The order will take effect immediately.