In the wake of yet another horrific mass shooting, at a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the New Jersey Senate and Assembly are preparing to consider a package of gun-safety bills designed to make our schools and communities safer.
The bills address a number of common-sense safety proposals, including requiring background checks for private gun sales, limiting the size of ammunition magazines, prohibiting the possession of armor-piercing bullets, strengthening the handgun permit process and establishing gun-free and weapon-free zones around certain schools and public spaces.
NJEA recognizes that the proliferation of guns, particularly assault-style weapons designed to kill large numbers of people, pose a great safety risk to students and staff in public schools. They also endanger our students and their families outside of school. NJEA supports these measures to reduce the risk posed by guns.
NJEA urges New Jersey’s lawmakers to protect the safety and wellbeing of children and all New Jersey residents by passing these bills. NJEA also urges all members to contact their legislators in support of this long-overdue legislation.
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