Menendez Meets with Moms Demand Action, Vows Continued Support for Commonsense Gun Safety Measures

Menendez Meets with Moms Demand Action, Vows Continued Support for Commonsense Gun Safety Measures

   

BARRINGTON, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez today met with members from the South Jersey chapter of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots organization committed to ending gun violence across America.

“As a father and grandfather, I understand the worries that these moms have for their children every single day. I applaud their tireless efforts in making sure that every child grows up in a country absent of dangerous, illegal guns,” Sen. Menendez said. “From Columbine, to Sandy Hook, to Stoneman Douglas – Congress has failed America’s children time after time. But Moms Demand Action has not given up their fight and neither have I. I’m happy that I have Moms Demand Action as a partner in my quest for safe streets, safe schools and a safe country for all our children." 

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The group delivered postcards from its members voicing their opposition to the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which passed the House late last year. The bill would force each state to recognize the concealed carry standards from every other state, even those that have weaker standards. New Jersey has one of the strictest gun laws in the country, making it difficult for a civilian to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

“New Jersey has some of the toughest gun laws in America. We also have the sixth lowest rate of gun deaths in America. And we’d like to keep it that way. Trouble is, some states give concealed carry permits to just about anyone – teenagers, domestic abusers – you name it,” Sen. Menendez said. “Why should a gun owner from a state with looser standards be able to bring their weapon into the next big meeting of business leaders in New Jersey? Or one of our schools? Or Newark Penn Station?”

Last Month, Sen. Menendez and Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. participated in a “Town Hall for Our Lives”, hosted by Students Demand Action of Bergen County. The event, which was one of more than 120 town halls held across the country, was a national effort urging lawmakers to pass commonsense gun legislation.

In March, Sen. Menendez visited the Essex County Police Academy with Sheriff Armando Fontoura to witness firsthand the power of an AR-15 assault rifle during a live-fire demonstration by the sheriff’s officers. The military-style weapon was used in serveral mass shootings, including by the gunman who took 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February.

In early March, Sen. Menendez joined several colleagues on the Senate Floor to demand action on common sense gun safety legislation. During his speech, the senator noted several private companies that have taken action since the Parkland shooting, notably: Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart announcing it would no longer sell firearms to people under 21; Dick’s halting sales of assault rifles, like the AR-15; and companies, such as United Airlines and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, have discontinued benefit programs for National Rifle Association (NRA) members.

Sen. Menendez stood with survivors of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting at a Feb. 25 rally in Livingston, N.J., calling for passage of common sense gun safety measures. He was joined by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Harris Jaffe, siblings David and Lauren Hogg, and brothers Ryan and Matthew Deitsch. 

Sen. Menendez is the prime sponsor of the Keep Americans Safe Act, common sense public safety legislation banning the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition and are designed for shooting en masse. 

Sen. Menendez, who voted for the original Assault Weapons Ban in 1994 as a member of the House of Representatives, has cosponsored legislation to reinstate the assault weapons ban. He has also sponsored legislation to expand background checks and close the gun show loophole, outlaw “bump stocks” and other devices that make semiautomatic weapons fully automatic, prevent those on the Terror Watch List from purchasing guns, and improve access to mental health and addiction treatment. 

In February, Sen. Menendez joined a group of senators in demanding answers after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) failed to record court-martials or criminal convictions of servicemembers into the FBI’s background check database.  The senator opposes arming school teachers and supports the rights of states to pass their own gun laws restricting concealed carry permits.  He also participated in the 2016 Democratic filibuster for common sense gun safety on the Senate Floor and joined his House colleagues in a sit-in on the House Floor. 

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