Throughout the years, it seems that I hear more and more about tragic gun violence in my country. Unfortunately, all politicians seem to do is go back and forth without offering any solutions. However, Assemblyman Anthony Bucco is different.

As a dedicated Assemblyman who cares deeply about his community, Anthony is creating legislation that keeps our schools safe. He is not a politician who just shows up and votes. He creates laws, many of them, to keep my friends and me safe from violence wherever we go.

For example, Assemblyman Bucco voted to require more background checks on the sales of private firearms and increase the penalties for illegal firearm transfers. In addition, he voted to get rid of bump stocks. But beyond guns themselves, Assemblyman Bucco has been very active on school safety. He co-sponsored “Alyssa’s Law” to install silent panic alarms in schools and his recent legislation, RSVP-3, has gained national recognition for being proactive, preemptive and effective in the fight against gun violence in our schools. Assemblyman Bucco created RSVP-3 as well as legislation to allow schools to use Class III police officers as security hand-in-hand with Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon to combat school violence.

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That’s not all. Anthony’s running mate, Brian Bergen, served us overseas in Iraq. Nobody would know more about keeping us safe, especially when it comes to firearms, than he would.

To me, protecting our schools and the lives of the students who attend them shouldn’t be a partisan issue. Assemblyman Bucco has support from Republicans and Democrats for all of the work he does that aims to prevent, prepare and protect NJ schools like mine from becoming the next tragic news story. Both he and a veteran like Brian Bergen have my support.


Tanner Keyes