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Letter: Teaneck Council Deserves Praise for Anti-Gun Violence Vote

Five other Bergen County towns have backed anti-gun violence measure, letter says

The following is a letter to the editor submitted by Ed Gross, chairma of the Bergen County Coalition Against Gun Violence:

I am writing to applaud the Teaneck Town Council for their decisive vote to endorse the state's new anti-gun violence resolutions. As the chair of the group behind the effort to gain endorsements, I think the Council deserves the town's praise and gratitude for their stand on this issue. Their desire to promote safety from gun violence accurately represents the overwhelming majority of Teaneck residents. Five other Bergen County towns have already endorsed the resolution we proposed and many others are considering it.

Eighteen Bergen County mayors have joined NYC Mayor Bloomberg's non-partisan group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Those who oppose common sense restrictions including universal background checks and the banning of assault weapons and high-capacity magazine clips have no factual ground to stand on.

Throughout the civilized world and right here in New Jersey it has already been proven without doubt that such restrictions reduce violence and that the sure result of the presence of guns in our homes is an increase in the murders and suicides of household members.

Ed Gross


The Bergen County Coalition Against Gun Violence


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Teanecker February 27, 2013 at 02:17 AM
All that is required to obtain a firearm in NJ is a background check and some cash. The class for Florida's conceal carry permit is not even required here. Obviously, NJ laws on conceal carry make it nearly impossible for the average citizen to go about with a firearm (legally), but I wouldn't be surprised to find that those that would risk jail time by committing gun crimes, also wouldn't let such a trivial thing such as a license stop them from carrying a firearm around. I am a little concerned about the current bills before the NJ legislature though. With such a large number of 15 round magazines currently in circulation (the legal limit), the new rules will, in essence make a criminal out of those (now) law-abiding citizens. I've been reading as much on this topic as I can and I simply don't see how reducing magazine capacity from 15 to 10 (which has drawbacks as stated above) will be able to successfully reduce crime and violence. The vast majority of violence seems to involve a single bullet.
PM March 01, 2013 at 09:06 PM
This is a sorry council. The two who don't show up should not get votes in the next sham election.
Tom Abbott March 01, 2013 at 10:53 PM
It's not that they didn't show up. Councilmembers.Adam Gussen and Mark Schwartz were at the council meeting until shortly before the vote when they left the chamber. Mr. Schwartz did not return. Mr. Gussen remained just outside the chamber and returned shortly after the vote.
Genesis Liu March 05, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Thanks for posting your peace Teaneck_Resident... I agree. :0) I know I’m going to get it from all over the place, but here’s my thought... Anyone who requests a pistol permit should attend at least 8 hours of basic training on hand gun/rifle safety under the supervision of licensed professionals. Give them 60 days to register and complete a class… if no class attended (REVOKE) automatically, no exceptions. Training courses should be at least every 2 years thereafter. Must receive a certificate from instructor, bring it to the local police department and let the log it in for their records. Let me know if you need information. Ok, now I am ready to feel the heat, :0D
Teanecker March 05, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Such a requirement would most likely be found to be unconstitutional as a form or prior restraint. You simply can't force someone to take a class to own a firearm any more than you can in order to get a voter registration card. Obviously, the case is different for those permitted to travel around with their firearm. For those people, many jurisdictions require such a class. Obviously, whether a requirement or not, such classes are excellent and should be attended by all.


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