Members of Congress Join Piscataway Officials Calling for Action Against Gun Violence

Members of Congress Join Piscataway Officials Calling for Action Against Gun Violence

Credits: Kenneth Simmons PISCATAWAY, NJ – Members of Congress joined local elected officials in their stance against gun violence, announcing proposed legislation that would place further restrictions on who could purchase and own guns and ammunition. At the children’s playground in Piscataway’s Quibbletown Park on Wednesday, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) and Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) applauded members of the township council for taking a lead with its proposed ordinance banning the retail sales of guns and ammunition within 1,000 feet of any school, park, day care center or athletic field. Watson Coleman spoke about two related bills that she recently introduced to Congress. “One limits the purchases of ammunition online without going to a dealer to identify yourself before picking it up,” she said. “It also captures how much ammunition a person is purchasing so it alerts law enforcement for any potential problems that need to be addressed.” She also discussed her proposed Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2018 that requires a person must be at least 21 years-old to purchase a gun and must participate in a gun safety program and be licensed. “They must submit to a comprehensive background check including fingerprints and must be relicensed every five years, so we know where these guns are and who owns them,” said Watson Coleman calling them common-sense, fundamental pieces of legislation. “Right now, there are hundreds of bills in Congress that deal with some aspect of gun safety to make our neighborhoods safer,” she said. […]

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