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AAA: Don’t Drive Distracted
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month Hamilton, NJ – Drunk driving has been a leading cause of fatalities on the road, but another deadly behavior behind the wheel that is sadly gaining in statistics: distracted driving. ... Read More...
IMAGE Gateway Closes Sandy Hook Observation Deck for Repairs; Will Reopen by Memorial Day Weekend
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
Photo: The Observation Deck at Sandy Hook is a great place to see the forest for the trees and the wildlife living there. NPS PHOTO SANDY HOOK, NJ - With the donation of materials from the Sandy Hook Foundation, Gateway National Recreation Area... Read More...
Fulop Announces Campaign for New Jersey Governor
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
Jersey City, NJ – Today, Mayor Steve Fulop proudly announced his candidacy for New Jersey Governor. Running on the Republican line, Fulop has already started lining up key supporters and staff. “Everyone knows Jersey City has always been just a... Read More...
IMAGE NY/NJ Baykeeper Launches First Microplastic Research Initiative with NY/NJ Harbor and Releases Plastic-Free Product Guide
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
PHOTO: Manta trawl net collecting floatables in the NY Harbor off the coast of Jersey City, NJ. KEYPORT, NJ - NY/NJ Baykeeper along with partners and collaborators from Monmouth University's Urban Coast Institute, The Five Gyres Institute,... Read More...
IMAGE Covenant House Event on April 13 in Rumson
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
RUMSON, NJ - Shining stars from seven high schools around Monmouth County will perform show - stopping tunes alongside Broadway Stars Richard Todd Adams, (Phantom, Les Miserables), David Elder (Curtains, 42nd Street) and Darius Kaleb (Motown) to... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Hey, Indiana!
by Anne Mikolay
Wednesday, 01 April 2015
The average American doesn't know much about Indiana other than what we learned in grade school: Indianapolis is your capital, and you grow a lot of... Read More...
IMAGE Another Triumphal Procession
by Woody Zimmerman
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
As a change of pace for the Lenten Season, here’s a reprint of an earlier column-entry. Palm Sunday – occurring on March 29 this year – always... Read More...
IMAGE Making Homes for Fish Hawks
by Joe Reynolds
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Like an old fashioned barn raising, about 15 volunteers  with the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council came together on a clear but chilly Sunday... Read More...
IMAGE Of Food Trucks, Boardwalks, and New Development
by Dennis
Monday, 30 March 2015
Summer is just around the corner, and for those who live at the Jersey Shore, that means two things are guaranteed: the mass influx of tourists is... Read More...
IMAGE Clinton's Delusional Defense of Email
by Jack Archibald
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Last week, former Secretary of State and prospective Democrat President nominee Hillary Clinton channeled her inner H.L. Mencken.  By... Read More...

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WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced today that he has reintroduced his legislation to close the gun show loophole—a significant loophole in U.S. law that allows guns to be sold, even to criminals and the severely mentally ill, by unlicensed sellers at gun shows without conducting background checks.  Lautenberg's bill would require that background checks be conducted on all firearms sales at gun shows, even sales by private parties.  Last week, President Obama called for legislation to require background checks on all guns sold—including all guns sold at gun shows—as part of his gun violence prevention recommendations.

“Criminals, terrorists, the mentally ill and other dangerous people shouldn't be able to walk into a gun show and walk out with guns and assault weapons, no questions asked.  Closing the gun show loophole is a simple step that we can take to increase gun safety and prevent dangerous weapons from getting into the wrong hands,” Lautenberg said.  “An overwhelming majority of Americans want to stop unchecked sales at gun shows, and this bill would do just that.  I have beaten the gun lobby by getting my legislation to close the gun show loophole through the Senate before, and I am confident we can do it again.” 

A recent Gallup poll demonstrated the overwhelming support for closing the gun show loophole, with 92 percent of Americans in favor of laws that require people attempting to purchase guns at gun shows to undergo background checks.

Sen. Lautenberg has been working to close the gun show loophole since 1999, when he first introduced legislation to require background checks for all guns sold at gun shows.  Later that year—in the wake of the Columbine tragedy, where three of the weapons were purchased at gun shows without a background check—a Republican-controlled Senate passed Sen. Lautenberg’s legislation as an amendment to a juvenile justice bill.  The legislation passed by one vote, with Vice President Gore casting the tie-breaking vote.  However, the gun lobby killed the legislation in the House-Senate conference. 

The bill, S.22, is co-sponsored in the 113th Congress by Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Tom Carper (D-DE), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chris Coons (D-DE), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Carl Levin (D-MI), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).