NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey’s top education official on Wednesday voted to ban guns in all schools, a move that comes as New York City and San Francisco are considering similar measures.
Under the proposed legislation, school boards in New Jersey would have to decide by Sept. 1 whether to ban handguns and rifles, as well as silencers, for all students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
The legislation also requires schools to post gun-safety signs.
A spokeswoman for New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie, who is a supporter of the legislation, said the legislation is a response to “a series of school shootings” and “an urgent need for New Yorkers to have a safe, secure environment for their children.”
“As governors, we have the power to make the best decisions for our communities, but it is up to each of us to make those decisions responsibly,” spokeswoman Katie Cavanagh said in a statement.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says banning guns and silencers will prevent school shootings.
The governor says the bills will be debated by the Legislature and passed in the fall.
New York City, the country’s second-most populous city, plans to implement a similar measure by the end of the year.
The New York Police Department announced Wednesday that it will begin using the use of “smart” weapons, which are equipped with sensors to monitor a suspect and determine whether the weapon is pointed at a specific person.
The NYPD said the weapon will be equipped with infrared cameras that can detect movement and the location of the gun.
The devices will be able to send data to the NYPD’s Tactical Analysis Unit, which uses computer technology to analyze patterns of gunfire.
The new system is one of several that New York has deployed to monitor gun violence.