ELIZABETH—Today, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ-12) joined Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage, State Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20), representatives from the Million Mom March and Ceasefire New Jersey, and others at Elizabeth City Hall to demand action on new gun safety legislation in the wake of recent shooting tragedies in Colorado and Wisconsin.
“While we mourn those lost and injured in these senseless shootings, we must turn our grief into action,” said Lautenberg, “Now is the time to put common-sense solutions in place and stop the killing. We owe our communities sensible reforms so murderers and terrorists can’t create stockpiles of high-capacity magazines and ammunition without raising red flags.”
“If we want to help put an end to senseless, deadly violence like we saw in Aurora, then New Jersey’s common-sense gun laws need to go national,” said Menendez. “It’s time we had reasonable federal gun safety laws to limit stockpiling of ammunition by criminals or the number of deadly rounds they can fire in a second. No one should receive a death sentence for being at the wrongplace at the wrong time.”
Holt said, “As we have followed the news from Colorado with horror and sympathy for the families, we should remember that each day more than 80 Americans are killed by gunfire. All of these deaths, whether from homicide or suicide or accident, are tragic, and we must act to prevent as many as possible. Arguments that gun safety legislation won’t help the situation seem to me illogical or blindly ideological.”
“Legislation needs to be enacted within New Jersey and throughout our nation, that protects and secures the public as well as reduces gun violence in our cities,” stated City of Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage, member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition. “Senator Lautenberg’s bill will help deter dangerous weapons and excessive ammunition from falling into the hands of the wrong people. In addition, it incorporates vital checks and balances that provide an additional level of safety.”
“Senator Lautenberg and I served in the U.S. Army,” said Lesniak. “As members of our military, we fired weapons, not guns. Weapons are not made for hunting or for target shooting. They’re made to kill. They belong in the hands of our police and our military, not on our streets. Guns with magazines of more than ten bullets are not guns, they’re weapons. I applaud our U.S. Senators for their efforts to get them off our streets.”
Assembly members Annette Quijano and Linda Stender, Roselle Mayor Jamel Holly, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, Plainfield Mayor Sharon Robinson Briggs, and Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka were also in attendance to support the call for reform.
Lautenberg and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY-4) recently introduced the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, which would limit the ability to purchase ammunition through the Internet or other mail-order means. It also would require that ammunition dealers report bulk sales of ammunition to law enforcement.