Article on New Jersey’s 1968 Gun Law

Cemetery has a copy of a TIME article dated from 1968 on New Jersey’s tough new gun laws. Those would be what we are familiar with today. Fortunately New Jersey did not become the model for the entire nation, but that wasn’t for lack of trying on the part of the anti-gun folks.

It’s worthwhile to point out that since the passage of this bill in 1968, New Jersey’s violent crime rate has increased from 1968 levels and never come back down. Violent crime in 1968 was half of what it is today. What it did successfully do is lay waste to lawful private gun ownership in the Garden State, which is among the lowest in the nation today. That opened the door to further restrictions which would come later.

3 Responses to “Article on New Jersey’s 1968 Gun Law”

  1. Your second link has malformed html, too many http’s.

  2. Jacob says:

    The NY Times has online archives detailing the introduction and passage of the Sullivan Act.

  3. Diomed says:

    Sounds like the law was a success, then.