Charles WatsonJan 26, 2018, 2:39 pm

NJ Gov. Murphy moves to undo Christie's handgun-carry rule

Murphy says it comes down to common sense measures to keep our communities safe

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says his administration will roll back Christie administration regulations to make it easier to carry handguns in the state.

Murphy, a Democrat, announced the decision Friday at a YMCA in Trenton alongside Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and the mother of a man who was fatally shot in 2012 in the city.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie changed the state's strict "justifiable need" requirement to obtain carry permits for handguns. Under the regulation, residents needed to show they faced "serious" threats.

That was a change from the previous standard requiring residents to show a specific threat.

Murphy says there are "already too many guns on our streets" and adding more won't make communities safer.
The change could take up to six months to go into effect.

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