Ray Lesniak on Gun Control
Buy police weapons from socially responsible gun sellers
Gun rights advocates are blasting Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop for a new city initiative that the mayor says uses the power of the city's purse to reward "socially responsible" gun distributors. They say Fulop's plan will do nothing to stop the flow of
illegal guns into the city. Fulop shot back, saying [his critics have] "zero appreciation for the flow of illegal guns into cities."
The city awarded a $500,000 contract to Lawmen Supply Company to provide weapons and ammunition to the police
department after a bid process that involved the city quizzing potential vendors about how they would handle firearms returned by the city, whether they sell assault weapons to citizens and whether they agree not to sell certain models of firearms for
The mayor's plan is backed by Ceasefire NJ, which lobbies for stricter gun control laws. The city plans to award the contract to Lawmen over the other bidder, Atlantic Tactical, whose bid was $10,000 less.
Source: NJTVonline.org on 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial race
, Nov 13, 2015
Ban 50-caliber weapons instead of just 60-caliber
Excerpts from legislation: Revises definition of "destructive device" to include weapons of 50 caliber or greater. The current definition is 60 caliber.Exemptions for antique firearms or muzzleloader rifles; these firearms would
continue with the current 60 caliber restriction. Individuals who lawfully own one of these newly prohibited firearms have one year in which to dispose of them.Establishes a buyback program to facilitate the voluntary surrender of these firearms.
Excerpts from veto message: New Jersey already has the second strictest gun laws in the US. In early 2013, the NJ SAFE Task Force recommended narrowly limiting one specific type of firearm: the Barrett 50 caliber long-range rifle.
This bill goes well beyond that recommendation and would instead criminalize the ownership of a whole class of firearms.
Legislative outcome: Lesniak co-sponsored; bill passed Senate 23-16-1; bill passed House 46-29-4; vetoed Sep. 9
Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: A 3659
, May 30, 2013
Ban 50-caliber bullets & assault weapons
Gun violence is a persistent threat to our residents. In addition to strengthening New Jersey's already tough gun control laws, Senator Lesniak has taken the following action:
Source: 2016-17 N.J. Governor campaign website, RaymondLesniak.com
- Urged Congress to reinstate the ban on assault weapons that was
allowed to expire under President George Bush.
- Sponsored S 2178, legislation to ban any weapon capable of shooting 50-caliber bullets. Explained Senator Lesniak. "Unless used for hunting rhinoceros,
50-caliber weapons are only used for mass destruction and killings. They should be banned from sale or possession, except for our military and law enforcement officials."
- "It's untenable that weapons designed to shoot down aircraft in
World War II are legally allowed to be owned and used in our communities. My legislation will help make our streets safer by taking these weapons of war off the shelves," concluded Senator Lesniak.
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