Roselle Officials Call For Criminal Background Checks On All Gun Sales

ROSELLE – With the urging of Mayor Jamel Holley, the Roselle Borough Council last night unanimously adopted a resolution calling for criminal background checks to be mandated on all gun sales in the United States, and that lethal, military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines be kept off the streets.

“Measures must be enacted to make gun trafficking a federal crime,” Holley said. “There are now 30,000 Americans killed every year as a result of gun violence, destroying families and harming communities. How many more tragedies can this country withstand before real action is taken?

Holley is among 725 mayors involved with “Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” a bipartisan coalition working to protect their communities by keeping guns out of dangerous hands

“Elected officials have a responsibility to protect their communities by holding gun offenders and irresponsible gun dealers accountable,” Holley said. “We must demand access to trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat illegal gun trafficking and working with legislators to fix gaps, weaknesses and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other prohibited purchasers to get guns.”

Copies of the council resolution are being forwarded today to President Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Majority Leader John Boehner, Gov. Chris Christie, State Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak and state Assembly members Annette Quijano and Joseph Cryan.

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