By Senior Correspondent Desirée Taylor
Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Barbara Buono unveiled what she calls a common sense proposal to combat gun violence. It calls for universal background checks, face to face sale of ammunition, and reducing the maximum magazine capacity from 15 to 10. “Five additional bullets means five additional lives,” said Buono.
Buono said she was convinced this is true after speaking with parents of the victims of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting. Her goal is to prevent another tragedy. “That’s why we’re here today in support of doing meaningful gun legislation that will truly prevent future tragedies from happening and for other families having to go through the harrowing pain I saw on the face of those mothers on Tuesday afternoon in Trenton,” said Buono.
Gov. Christie’s proposal takes aim at violent video games, expands mental health treatment, and recommends banning the sale of .50 caliber rifles … but it doesn’t address magazine capacity. Neither does a bill pushed by state Senate President Stephen Sweeney. Buono says that’s a deal breaker so she won’t support Sweeney on this issue. Meanwhile other Democrats are applauding Buono … including Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage … who previously expressed lukewarm support for her. “I am thrilled she took an aggressive stance on opposing the senate president on this position,” said Mayor Bollwage. “I think important for urban mayors like me … and I support her.”
Despite the division among some Democrats on this issue, today the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee passed seven bills aimed at strengthening New Jersey’s gun laws.