A 1181 S 160 A 1217 S 2259 A 2757 S 2374 A 2758 S 2376 A 2759 S 2245 A 2761 S 102 S 2465

A-1181/S-160

Requires firearms seizure when certain health care professional determines patient poses threat of harm to self or others

A-1217/S-2259

“Extreme Risk Protective Order Act of 2018”

A-2757/S-2374

Requires background check for private gun sales

A-2758/S-2376

Codifies regulations defining justifiable need to carry handgun

A-2759/S-2245

Prohibits possession of ammunition capable of penetrating body armor

A-2761/S-102

Reduces maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds; exempts firearm with .22 caliber tubular magazine from 10 round limitation

S-2465
Establishes crime of purchasing components to unlawfully manufacture untraceable firearms

NJEA supports these bills, which will help ensure that schools are safe.  Students and educators need a safe and secure learning and teaching environment.   Our communities deserve common-sense laws that protect our safety, which starts with ensuring that guns don’t end up in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.

These bills will help protect the safety of our communities, our students, and our educators.  They will help ensure that individuals with mental health conditions cannot possess firearms.  They will require background checks for private gun sales.  The bills ban possession of armor-piercing bullets and firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.  These are common-sense laws to protect people against gun violence.

If we do not act now, we risk hearing of more and more shootings.  Research indicates that hardening schools is not enough to ensure school safety. In addition to enacting legislation to prevent gun violence, we also need to focus on mental health.  In schools, we should be increasing the number of counselors, psychologists, social workers, and student assistance coordinators.   In our communities, we should be providing better mental services and ensuring that individuals suffering with mental health issues get the treatment they need.

As a society, we cannot rest until children in schools are safe.  NJEA asks you to support these bills as a first step toward school safety.

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