Press Releases

Watson Coleman Condemns House Republicans’ Passage of Concealed Carry Gun Bill

Watson Coleman speaks before Congress about concealed carry laws. Credits: Office of Bonnie Watson Coleman
Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman Credits: Official Portrait

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) released the following statement in response the House passage of the HR 38: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017:

"By passing The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 today, Congressional Republicans made it abundantly clear to the American public and law enforcement community that safety and security comes second to their pledges to the NRA. The first concrete action this body has taken in response the numerous gun tragedies our nation has experienced is to make it easier for people to carry hidden, loaded guns in our communities. The irony is not lost on me; this bill epitomizes federal overreach and undermines states’ rights to regulate firearms – especially in states like New Jersey who have made tremendous progress to limit the proliferation of guns.

When 28 children and educators were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary 5 years ago Americans asked Congress, “What are you going to do?” When Dylann Roof gunned down 9 worshippers at Mother Emanuel AME’s Bible Study, Americans asked Congress, “What are you going to do?” When 49 club patrons were mowed down while trying to enjoy a night out at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, my colleagues and I sat on the House floor for over 24 hours and demanded immediate legislative action to curb the American gun epidemic. Barely 2 months ago a single gunman shot and killed 58 concertgoers in Las Vegas. Just over a month ago, 26 more worshippers were killed at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas right in their pews.

Sign Up for E-News

Today, with the passing of this harmful legislation, we’ve got our response. The next time a mass shooting occurs, Republicans should pray for forgiveness, for not only their complacency and dereliction of duty, but in for the men, women and children we continue to lay to rest because of senseless gun violence and our cowardly inaction.”

In October, Watson Coleman re-introduced the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act, legislation that would place limits and safeguards on the online market for ammunition. Ahead of this vote today, since January 2015 - the start of Watson Coleman’s tenure in the House of Representatives - the House has taken one formal action on firearm legislation – to roll back a rule that required the Social Security Administration to report people who receive disability benefits and have a mental health condition to the FBI’s background check system. The database is used to determine eligibility for buying a firearm.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


FBI Agent Charged with Photographing a Woman in a Store Dressing Room

July 22, 2018

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - When a woman was changing in a dressing room of an Edison clothing store, she did know that she was being photographed against her will by a federal officer.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department said today that a FBI Special Agent has been charged with illegally photographing a 22-year woman in a dressing ...

Rutgers-Newark Athletic Field Renamed to Honor Frederick Douglass

July 22, 2018

NEWARK, NJ – Long before Rutgers University-Newark created an athletic field on University Avenue, the abolitionist Frederick Douglass delivered an address in 1849 at a church that once stood there.

Rutgers Board of Governors approved a resolution to rename the field in honor of the time Douglass spent here. The field will now be called the Frederick Douglass ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, July 25, 7:30 PM

Chatham United Methodist Church, Chatham

Masterwork’s Summer Sings Conclude with Verdi ...


Sun, August 19

Springwood Park, Asbury Park

Rockin In The Park


Wed, August 22, 8:30 AM

American Legion Post 253, Spotswood

Bus Trip to AC Air Show

Giving Back Other

Pinkin Vows to Fight for Clean Water at Jersey Water Works Event

July 20, 2018

HAMILTON, NJ - Speaking to a crowd of about 110 people at Jersey Water Works’ annual membership meeting on Thursday, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex), who chairs the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee, spoke about New Jersey’s mounting obligation to update the state’s water infrastructure and to provide all New Jersey residents with clean drinking ...

Westfield to Hold 3-Day ‘AddamsFest’ Celebrating Charles Addams and His Creations This Fall

July 14, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s creepy. It’s kooky. And it’s taking over Westfield from Oct 26 to 28. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creations, The Addams Family, will be a destination event this fall with family-friendly activities, lectures, exhibits and film screenings, the town announced Thursday.

Watch the ...

People I've Known and Been: Little by Little by Rich Little

People I've Known and Been: Little by Little by Rich Little (Dog Ear Publishing, 2015)


Rich Little is a national treasure; a living encyclopedia of movie stars, comedians, and former presidents all wrapped into one dynamic package. Recently, my husband and I had the good fortune to see Little perform at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, where he has been doing his uncanny ...

Lucia, Lucia by Adriani Trigiani

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2003)


If a summer romance novel is what you are craving to read as you sit by the pool or beach, Adriana Trigiani's Lucia, Lucia is a perfect choice. Set in 1950 New York City, the novel is about a young woman, Lucia Sartori, who is determined to have a career and be able to support herself, an unusual choice for a girl who was ...