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Job Seekers Invited to Career Saturday at Brookdale - Aug. 16
Saturday, 26 July 2014
FREEHOLD, NJ - Residents interested in careers in information technology, health care and other in-demand fields are invited to a free workshop at... Read More...
Artists with Disabilities Showcase Artwork at Paper Mill Playhouse
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Millburn Theater Partners with VSA New Jersey this Summer Millburn, NJ - Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd... Read More...
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Saturday, 26 July 2014
TRENTON, NJ - “New Jersey peaches are healthy and delicious and available in abundance throughout the state,” said New Jersey Secretary of... Read More...
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Friday, 25 July 2014
FREEHOLD, NJ - A Neptune man convicted in February for his role in the 2008 murder of an Eatontown man was sentenced Friday to 40 years in a New... Read More...
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Friday, 25 July 2014
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - August 2014 – New Events for Adults and Teens: Teen Photography Club (Monday, 8/4; 7 pm)Learn new photography techniques and share... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Adoption Involving Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Laura Bloch adored his picture. “My husband and I had just been approved through an adoption agency and the agency sent out a letter with a picture... Read More...
IMAGE Is It The Shadow?
by Woody Zimmerman
Friday, 25 July 2014
“Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of man? (Hoo-hoo-hoo-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!) The Shadow...” Starting in the 1930s, and extending well into... Read More...
IMAGE Spectator’s Observations
by George Hancock-Stefan
Thursday, 24 July 2014
During the World Cup, I watched as many games as possible. I watched them here at home, I watched a couple of games in Turkey where they were... Read More...
IMAGE What Does the Fox Say?
by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 24 July 2014
As a long-time Middletown resident and a nature lover, I have seen my share of backyard critters. We have mice, voles, squirrels, raccoons, skunks,... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - July 24, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Thursday, 24 July 2014
I created a page called "Fact Jack".  If you want, like it on Facebook http://bit.ly/FactJackFb or follow on... 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).