Second Amendment advocates rallied at New Jersey's state capital in opposition to a half-dozen gun control bills advanced in the Assembly.
Many of the dozens of people wore National Rifle Association hats and carried signs that read "NRA Stand and Fight" at Monday's rally outside the War Memorial in Trenton, steps from the statehouse.
New Jersey's Democrat-led Assembly later passed six measures aimed at strengthening the state's already-strict gun laws.
The bills now go to the Democrat-led Senate.
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Among the measures that passed is a bill requiring firearms to be seized upon a court order when a health care official deems someone poses a serious threat. Another bill changes the magazine size limit from 15 to 10.
The votes came after marches across New Jersey and country over the weekend in favor of toughening gun laws.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy says he supports the legislative effort.