NJ AG issues gun protective order directive

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New Jersey's attorney general has issued a directive to the state's police officers on how to implement a recent law aimed at reducing gun violence.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement Thursday that the 21-page directive shows the state is "leading the way" on commonsense laws to address gun violence.

Grewal says the directive is meant to guide the state's 36,000 law enforcement officers on implementing the Extreme Risk Protective Order Act of 2018.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed that measure in June 2018 in the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, shooting.

Under the law, police officers, family members or others within a household can seek a court order against a person they think presents a danger of injury to oneself or others by having or buying firearms.