South Orange Officials Approve Gun Control Resolution

Monday's meeting saw support of a gun control resolution for South Orange

South Orange Board of Trustees Monday approved a resolution in support of gun control, joining Mayors Against Illegal Guns in their efforts. Mayors Against Illegal Guns  is a bipartisan coalition of more than 700 mayors who will work together to keep guns out of dangerous hands for the safety of their communities. 

The full text of the resolution is below:


Resolution #2013-012 
WHEREAS, Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a bipartisan coalition of more than seven 
hundred twenty-Five (725) mayors focused on protecting their communities by keeping 
guns out of dangerous hands; and 

WHEREAS, Mayors Against Illegal Guns is dedicated to making America's cities 
safer by cracking down on illegal guns; and 

WHEREAS, Thirty (30,000) thousand Americans are killed every year as a result of  gun violence destroying families and harming communities; and 

WHEREAS, as our countryman and our community are overcome with grief and 
outrage by the recent tragedy and unspeakable act of violence that occurred in a  kindergarten class in Newtown, Massachusetts, as well as, the many other senseless  tragedies we have witnessed across the United States in recent years, for every day we  wait to crack down on illegal guns, nearly 34 more people will be murdered with illegal  guns; and 

WHEREAS, elected officials have a responsibility to protect their communities by  holding gun offenders and irresponsible gun dealers accountable, demanding 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; now 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees of the Township of South Orange Village, County of Essex, State of New Jersey that it supports greater federal and state gun control measures, including but not limited to: 
1. Mandating criminal background checks on all gun sales within the United States and State of New Jersey; 
2. Taking greater efforts to keep lethal, military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines off our streets; and 
3. Enacting measures to make gun trafficking a Federal crime. 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution shall be forwarded to 
United States President Barack Obama, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, U.S. House Majority Leader John Boehner, New Jersey State Governor Chris Christie, to N.J. Senate President Stephen Sweeney, to N.J. Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, and to our New Jersey 27th Legislative District Representatives, State Senator Richard 3. Codey, State Assemblyman John F. McKeon and State Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey. 

Alex C January 16, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Also, someone should tell the BOT that Newtown is in Connecticut, not Massachusetts like the resolution says.
Matthew Carmel January 16, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Since when do anti-rights people care about facts? Newtown might just as well have happened in Botswana as far as they care. See www.stopillegalmayors.com.
Scott Greenstone January 16, 2013 at 05:25 PM
The group Mayors Against Illegal Guns doesn't even make sense. As a Mayor, arent they already defacto against ILLEGAL guns? Arent they technical against anything illegal? I dont get it?
Bill Brennan January 20, 2013 at 06:14 AM
Typical knee jerk reaction by politicians who have no clue! As previously pointed out, Newtown is in Connecticut, additionally: 1) Criminal background checks are already required in New Jersey when applying for a pistol purchase permit or a firearms ID card. Also, the Brady Bill, signed into law in 1993 requires Federal background checks when purchasing a weapon from an FFL dealer, 2) "Military style" weapons refers to those weapons that have the capability of select fire (Semi-Auto AND Automatic fire). The National Firearms Act of 1934 placed severe restrictions on fully automatic weapons and the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986 outlawed the sale and ownership of any automatic weapon produced after May 1986 3) Gun trafficking refers to the smuggling or illegal transportation of firearms across State lines...surprise people, its already illegal! Apparently politicians take these types of actions to make themselves feel like they are accomplishing something. Law abiding civilians exercising their 2nd Amendment rights follow the law, criminals don't care how many laws are passed>
Vincent McMahon January 21, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Thank you to the BOT for passing this resolution. Liz and Vin McMahon


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