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Gun bills advance in Trenton

Meanwhile, federal efforts stall in Senate debate

ANDREW J. GOUDSWARD @AGOUDSWARD AND MIKE DAVIS @BYMIKEDAVIS TRENTON - While partisan gun measures stalled anew in Washington, state lawmakers in Trenton pushed back against Gov. Chris Christie on gun control, advancing a measure advocates say would bar the governor from loosening New Jersey firearms laws.

In Trenton, the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, by a vote of 3-2, approved a bill that would block new Christie-backed guidelines for obtaining a handgun- carrying permit from taking effect. Hours later, the U.S. Senate, responding to last week’s shooting massacre in Orlando, Florida, blocked two Republican and two Democratic gun bills — the best Washington could muster in the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

In Trenton, however, the legislative gun fight remained alive.

Under state law, gun-carry applicants are only permitted to carry a handgun if they can prove evidence of actual specific threats or specific attacks against them. A state police panel convened by Christie last year recommended the rationale be updated to include “serious threats” as a reason for carrying a handgun, seen by gun-control advocates as an easier standard.

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, D-Camden, and Assemblyman Eric

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