Long-term care in the mix as states respond to Supreme Court ruling on gun control

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Calling the right to carry a concealed weapon a “recipe for tragedy,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) pledged on Friday to expand a state list of places where guns cannot be expanded to include long-term care facilities.

Murphy signed an executive order directing state managers to review all laws, rules, and regulations relating to state departments and agencies to determine what steps they can take administratively to prevent gun violence. These steps can include the ability to designate certain areas as gun-free, as well as their power to regulate how firearms are carried, carried or transported.

Murphy’s announcement follows the Supreme Court ruling that struck down a New York law imposing restrictions on carrying a concealed weapon outside the home for self-defense. The decision indicated that individuals have a general right to carry firearms in public and removed some decision-making ability from states, although Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts said states can require licenses to carry firearms, as well as the basis of those licenses. on background checks and mental health records. States can also ban firearms in “sensitive places,” such as schools, courthouses or polling places.

Murphy called the decision “terrible”.

“I’ve said it many times before: Anyone trying to sell you the idea that more guns mean more security is selling you a bogus bill,” the governor said. “New Jersey has one of the lowest rates of gun violence in the country, not because we allow unlimited guns on our streets, but because we’ve taken smart steps to make sure ‘They stay out of the wrong hands and out of places they don’t belong.’

Additionally, Murphy said he would work with state lawmakers to expand the places where firearms cannot be carried, a list he said he would like to include long-term care facilities, nursing homes and other health facilities. He said he also hopes to strengthen state laws prohibiting individuals from carrying handguns; current state law prohibits people with criminal convictions or certain types of restraining orders from carrying handguns.

On the other side of the country, California Governor Gavin Newsom announcement that he expects to have 16 new gun safety bills on his desk this week, including a bill that allows individuals to sue manufacturers and distributors of firearms for violating certain gun laws.

According to the Workers’ Compensation Institute, California requires assisted living communities that allow firearms on their premises to store them centrally, unloaded and in a locked safe. The 2019 law also requires ammunition to be locked up in a separate location. The law, however, does not specify whether or when long-term care facilities may or may not license weapons.

In 2019, LeadingAge released advice for older communities regarding guns and other weapons following numerous mass shootings and questions from members. The guidelines on gun policies in aging service organizations stated that the Second Amendment did not prevent an older community from banning guns on its campus. The guidelines further noted that any private business — including a HUD-assisted housing program and a Medicare/Medicaid-certified nursing home — can institute a weapons policy.

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