West Orange Township Council Passes Firearms Resolution

Captain John Buoye of the West Orange Police Department. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ - After a lengthy discussion of the pros and cons regarding the introduction of Resolution 20-14, a Resolution Authorizing an Investigation into Firearms Procurement for the Township Police Department at the Jan. 14 Town Council Meeting, Council President McCartney introduced the resolution but it did not receive a second motion for approval.

However, after a discussion with the chief of police and a review of the resolution, Council President McCartney reintroduced the resolution at the Jan. 28 Township Council meeting, saying that the Resolution would allow the police to research what is currently out on the market, including some of the newer technologies available.

It appeared there was a misperception on the part of the Council that approval of the resolution would require the purchase of new firearms, which the township purchased in 2012.

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Captain John Buoye of the West Orange Police Department addressed the Council and discussed the police department's desire to keep both the community and officers safe. Part of that process entails the ongoing review of new firearms technology.

The first phase of the review is slated to be completed by April 14, and will include research of manufacturers and firearms. The second phase, to be completed by July 14, will be to evaluate the findings and develop new standards and specifications for future township firearms purchases.

Several residents, including Rabbis and Reverends, spoke in favor of passing the resolution in an effort to garner support from West Orange and other municipalities. 

The Council voted in favor of Resolution 20-14, with a vote of 4-1. Councilman Krakoviak voted no.

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