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Thursday, 24 April 2014
RED BANK, NJ - The following police report is provided by the Highlands Police Department.  All subjects are presumed innocent until proven... Read More...
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Thursday, 24 April 2014
Picture yourself rowing. Then give it a try at the Navesink River Rowing Open House on Saturday, May 10. The event, which is free and open to... Read More...
Growing Child Poverty Persists Across the State
Thursday, 24 April 2014
NEWARK, NJ - Hunterdon County ranked number one out of all New Jersey counties in the overall well-being of its children, while Cumberland County... Read More...
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Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Photo: Niels and Millicent Johnsen visit the Twin Lights in 2012 for the Historical Society’s Pledge of Allegiance rededication ceremony. The... Read More...
Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce $4.6M in FEMA Sandy Relief
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
NEWARK, NJ  – U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)... Read More...

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IMAGE Hidden Christians
by George Hancock-Stefan
Thursday, 24 April 2014
Within our churches, there are those people on whom you can count on to be present every Sunday. Rain or shine, wind or sleet, they are in God’s... Read More...
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by Anne Mikolay
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Happy Earth Day, 2014! Earth Day, also known as International Mother Earth Day, is an annual event commemorated across the globe. First observed in... Read More...
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by Woody Zimmerman
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
It’s becoming apparent that Democrats have run out of material to help them win policy-arguments with Republicans. Desperation has driven them to... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - April 20, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Sunday, 20 April 2014
If this won't get you a date to the prom I don't know what will, "KFC debuts chicken drumstick corsage"  :http://cnb.cx/Q6OvGh Your best friend,... Read More...
IMAGE Belief by Seeing and Not Seeing
by George Hancock-Stefan
Sunday, 20 April 2014
In the Day of Resurrection, there is a wide range in how people encounter Jesus. Mary Magdalene encounters the Risen Lord when He pronounces her... 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).