Two Union County Mayors Implore Colleagues Statewide to Fight Illegal Gun Trafficking

UNION COUNTY–– Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr today lauded Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) for pushing for tighter regulations involving the mail order and online purchases of ammunition.

The mayors said such a law would go to great lengths to combat those who anonymously stockpile weapons for mass murder, such as what was experienced in Aurora, Colorado. The suspect charged with killing 12 and injuring 58 bought more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition over the internet. A civilian version of the military’s M-16 rifle with a 100-round drum magazine, a shotgun and two .40-caliber semi-automatic handguns commonly used by police officers were used in the killings.

“Enough is enough,” Holley said. “Citizens are outraged. They’ve waited long enough; now is the time for action.”

In addition, the two New Jersey mayors are urging their counterparts in Union County and throughout New Jersey to join the national bi-partisan coalition called “Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” noting, to date, less than 9 percent of New Jersey mayors have signed on.

The illegal gun coalition founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino in 2006 brings together elected town leaders nationwide to identify strategies aimed at stopping the flow of illegal guns into American communities.

Out of 566 municipalities in New Jersey, only 67 mayors have signed on to the coalition – less than 9 percent.

“We strongly encourage our colleagues throughout the state to consider joining this very important coalition,” Mahr said. “This isn’t a Democrat v. Republican issue; it’s about people in leadership positions devising the strategies we need to keep all of our families safe.”

“We’re not calling for a complete overhaul of the Second Amendment,” Holley added. “But our leaders must come to the table with viable solutions to prevent terrible situations like this from occurring again.”

The Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition recently teamed with the Tucson shooting survivors and the families of victims to launch a national campaign demanding specific plans to reduce gun violence from President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“Thirty-four Americans succumb to gun violence on a daily basis,” Holley noted. “If more people put politics aside and came together to offer viable strategies, we can save a significant number of lives.”

“This is about advocating for common sense policies,” Mahr added. “We need to get the guns off the streets any way we can. We need our fellow mayors in New Jersey to join us in a bi-partisan manner before the next tragedy strikes

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