Thursday, February 14, 2013
Essex County residents can forfeit up to three guns on Feb. 15 and 16 in Montclair, East Orange, Irvington, Newark and Orange.
Thursday, February 14
Five Essex county municipalities have joined together to get as many guns off the street as possible. Guns will be assessed with “no questions asked" on a sliding scale, ranging from $50 for an inoperable weapon to up to $250 for an operable assault weapon, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Montclair, East Orange, Irvington, Newark and Orange will co-sponsor a county-wide gun buy-back program in February. Essex County residents can anonymously turn in up to three guns with no questions asked between 8 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Feb. 15 and 16 at one of the following locations: The gun buy-back will work on a first come, first served basis and funding is limited. The Attorney General’s Office will be paying to buy back the guns …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 58 percent of New Jersey residents want stricter laws when it comes gun control in the state.
Thursday, January 31
New Jersey and Americans throughout the county appear to be in favor of stricter gun control regulations, according to recent polls. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 58 percent of New Jersey residents want stricter gun laws when it comes to state regulation, compared to 8 percent calling for less gun control. The poll also found that: The Quinnipiac poll was conducted between Jan. 15 to 21 and surveyed 1,647 registered voters. However, when it came to what New Jersey residents believed were the most pressing problems facing the state, gun control ranked near the bottom. The economy received the top votes in that category, according to the poll. While New Jersey may have some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, …
Monday, January 7, 2013
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has begun a renewed conversation about how to best protect schools.
Monday, January 7
The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in December has since triggered a conversation polarizing much of the country: Should teachers be armed in the classroom? In the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 school children and six adults dead, administrators, teachers, parents and students are struggling with how best to address school safety. A week after the shooting, National Rifle Association CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called on school districts to arm their teachers -- among other tactics to increase school security. The effect of the shooting has spread far from Newtown’s borders. Schools across Essex County were on high alert. Many districts reported student incidents, others …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Passaic River Corridor Initiative, a collaborative effort between state, local law enforcement, also records 405 arrests since May
A new collaborative crackdown on gun violence in northern Jersey has netted 405 arrests and taken 76 weapons off streets since May, authorities announced Wednesday in Newark. The Passaic River Corridor Initiative, an effort between New Jersey State Police and law enforcement agencies in Essex, Hudson, Bergen and Passaic counties, has also helped the Division of Criminal Justice obtain 18 indictments charging 28 people with various weapons charges, including illegal gun trafficking and possession. "Each gun we see as a result of this initiative is potentially a lifesaver," said Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa. "Each serious repeat offender we take off the street is one less criminal who might pull the trigger." The various agencies …