Watch Live

AP: NJ city to quiz gun vendors on safety issues


JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s second-largest city will start requiring vendors bidding on gun contracts to answer questions about their positions on gun safety issues.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop says he wants municipalities to use their purchasing power to influence the gun-safety conversation.

Bid specifications going out Wednesday in the city of 250,000 for police department guns and ammunition include six questions. One asks whether the manufacturer would commit to preventing its weapons from appearing in violent video games.

A top editor of The Gun Mag, a major gun lobby publication, says he is unaware of any other city ever including so-called corporate responsibility questions in a bid request. He says they unnecessarily politicize the process.

Fulop says the answers will be considered along with product safety and price.