WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Local representatives of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a national organization created to demand action from legislators, companies and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms, attended the West Caldwell Township Council meeting on Tuesday to address the public about this issue.

Although this group is in full support of the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms, the organization is dedicated to educating individuals about gun safety as well as promoting stronger gun laws.

West Caldwell Mayor Joseph Tempesta signed a proclamation on May 16 supporting of this movement as well as recognizing June 2 as National Gun Violence Awareness Day in West Caldwell. He and the other council members spoke with members about their cause and how the township could get involved. 

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"On behalf of the community of West Caldwell, we are happy to support the cause that moms across the country are advocating for gun safety through education and awareness,” said Tempesta. “This group is to be commended for their volunteer efforts through their organization which started after the terrible tragedy of the Sandy Hook shooting.”

This local chapter is made up of residents from the Caldwells as well as Verona who are promoting the “Wear Orange” campaign as well as National Gun Violence Awareness Day. The group also spoke with members of the West Caldwell Police Department about the various gun laws in New Jersey.

When contacted local representative Stephanie Swanson, a West Caldwell resident, Tempesta said he was happy to help the group promote its cause for education and awareness of the public and the dangers of those who choose to have guns.

“This group both supports the Second Amendment rights of people who are law abiding citizens and exercise the necessary precautions to keep guns safe in their homes as well as advocating keeping guns away from dangerous people,” said Tempesta. “The group also recognizes our local police departments as being best-positioned to understand when approving gun permits and how to keep our citizens safe.”

Swanson explained that this organization has been active in Montclair since it was founded four years ago and recently reached out to the West Essex community.

“As a resident of West Caldwell, I was thrilled that Mayor Tempesta and the WC town council adopted the resolution to mark June 2 as Gun Violence Awareness Day,” said Swanson. “As a mother of two young children, it is so important that we recognize the impact that gun violence has on our community, or state, and our country, and I am proud that through this resolution we can honor victims of gun violence and take steps to lesson gun violence in the future.”

For more information on this organization, contact momsdemandessexnj@gmail.com.