An amendment to the Union County Code voted on last Thursday and set to be published Wednesday bans firearms from property owned by or affiliated with the county, or in county-operated public transportation vehicles.

A release from the Union County Commissioners on Monday noted an exemption for law enforcement.

The commissioners said properties covered by the ban include but are not limited to parks, office buildings, and the Union County Courthouse and Family Court.

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Also, the campuses of the county Vocational-Technical Schools, in Scotch Plains, and Union County College in Cranford, Elizabeth, and Plainfield are included, according to officials.

Union County Commissioners said while the July decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that invalidated "proper cause" for applying for a permit to carry a handgun only directly impacted gun safety rules in New York state, it set a precedent for other states including New Jersey.

Pursuant to the amendment to the county code, violators are subject to a term of imprisonment of up to 90 days and/or a fine of $500 for a first offense, and $1,000 for each subsequent offense.

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