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South Orange Calls for Stricter Gun Control Measures

Credits: TAP Staff

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The state and federal governments should mandate criminal background checks on all gun sales in order to crack down on illegal guns, the village Board of Trustees agreed at a special meeting on Monday night.

The trustees, without comment, voted 5-0 to support a resolution on gun control advocated by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Trustee Janine Bauer was absent.

The resolution also urges state and federal officials to make “greater efforts” to keep military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines off the streets and to enact measures making gun trafficking a federal crime.

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The resolution was proposed in response to the Newtown, Conn., shootings. The resolution notes that “elected officials have a responsibility to protect their communities” through gun control measures that keep “guns out of dangerous hands.”

The resolution will be forwarded to President Obama, as well as congressional leaders, Gov. Chris Christie and state lawmakers.

Mayors from more than 800 cities across the country have joined the coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, according to the organization’s website. The effort is spearheaded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

In other action Monday night, the board:

  • Appropriate $125,000 as an emergency appropriation to cover the cost of cleanup after Hurricane Sandy. Village Administrator Barry Lewis Jr. noted that when federal government reimburses the village, the funds should more than cover the appropriation.
  • Approved a $148,950 budget for the District Management Corp. The South Orange Village Center Alliance has been designated as the management corporation.
  • Amended the registration fee for the Community Garden. The fee will be $70 for the year. There are 48 plots available in Riverside Park on West Third Street, and registration began Jan. 12 at the Baird Center.
  • Honored the varsity and junior varsity robotics teams from Columbia High School as Villagers of the Month. The ceremony included a putting contest between Trustee Deborah Davis Ford and a golfing robot named “Cougar Woods.”


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