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De Luca Plans D.C. Gun Control Advocacy Trip

Maplewood mayor will urge federal action Wednesday to stem gun violence in country.

Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca will join 60 other mayors from across the country Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to advocate for stronger gun-control laws in light of last month’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn., his office announced Tuesday.

De Luca is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national bipartisan coalition of more than 800 mayors with nearly a million grassroots supporters.

“We will bring a message from the grassroots, from the moms and dads and sisters and brothers across America, that federal action is needed now to stem the tide of gun violence,” De Luca said in a news release. “New Jersey’s Congressional delegation needs to be on board with this effort.”

In the wake of the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 26 people dead, Mayors Against Illegal Gun sent a letter to the White House and all members of Congress with three proposals to prevent gun violence in the United States, including: 

  • Requiring background checks for all U.S. gun sales, including the millions of “private” sales conducted over the internet, at guns shows and in other locales. 
  • Enacting common-sense restrictions on the purchase and transfer of military style weapons and high capacity magazines. 
  • Making gun trafficking a federal crime and establishing enhanced penalties for kingpin gun traffickers. 

One key bill, the Fix Gun Checks Act (HR 137), has already been re-introduced in Congress, and several more are scheduled to be introduced in the coming weeks. 

De Luca will ask members of the state’s delegation to become original sponsors of HR 137 (or the Senate companion), which requires background checks for all sales and also improves the reporting of relevant mental health records into the nation’s gun background check database.

Common Sensical January 15, 2013 at 09:19 PM
What exactly are his ideas of "common-sense restrictions"?
Wayne Sullivan January 16, 2013 at 12:14 AM
True story: I buried my Father-in-law with a loaded 9mm pistol in his hands and the safety off. He didn't really need it but he would have liked the idea. He also didn't really need it while he was alive.
Elisabeth Anderson January 16, 2013 at 11:21 AM
My best friend committed suicide in 1973 with a .22 pistol given to her for protection before relocating from Chicago to NYC in the 1960's. It haunts me to this day!
Alberto Fernandez January 16, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Wishing Vince a nice trip - on his own dollar.
Lee Navlen January 16, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Common Sensical- I'm not sure what he means by "common-sense restrictions" but if I had to guess, it probably means another reval/assessment+ tax increase. ;) While I applaud the Mayor's desire for gun control, I sure wish De Luca and Ryan and co. would pay closer attention to the tax crisis.
Lee Swain January 17, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Bravo Mayor De Luca! As for "Common Sense restrictions on the purchase and transfer of military style weapons", I would say it's pretty common sense to say that civillians do not need to own "MILITARY style" weapons of any kind. These are not for hunting and what would you need them to defend yourself from? Zombies? An Alien invasion? Red Dawn? I think any attempt to justify ownership of military style weapons by civilians goes beyond what would be called "common sense".
Maplenogoodnomore January 17, 2013 at 07:15 PM
What exactlky id your idea of "military style weapons". Last I checked, the U.S. military are issued bayonets and an array of standard rifles and semi automatic pistols. Are those "military style" too?

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