Johnson's Journal - June 2019

Johnson’s Journal – June 2019

From Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson – Speaker Pro Tempore

Thank you to District 37!

Thank you to the voters of District 37 for your continued support. It is an honor to represent you and serve as your Assemblyman.

Congratulations to those who were victorious in the primary election. I salute all of the candidates who participated and who put themselves out there to serve the public. Moving forward, I urge all Democrats to come together in unity as we look ahead to the general election in November.

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D-DAY 75th Anniversary

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75 years ago, Allied Forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in the fight to liberate Europe. As we reflect on that momentous day, we honor the sacrifice of those brave soldiers who fought to protect our freedom.

Memorial Day 2019

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As we commemorate Memorial Day, please join me in taking the time to honor the brave men and women who have given their lives for our country. Today, and every day, let us remember the sacrifice they have made for our freedom.

Eagle Scout Court of Honor – Troop 28

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Congratulations to our latest Eagle Scouts, Vincent Headley and Kieran Hillary, flanked by Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson, Mayor Michael Wildes, Councilman Charles Cobb, Councilman Wayne Hamer, and Police Chief Lawrence Suffern.

CASA: Volunteer Opportunity

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Bergen County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is an independent, non-profit organization of professionals and trained volunteers who have been appointed by the NJ Family Court to advocate for children removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect.  CASA works to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to these children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes.

The solution starts with a single volunteer. The volunteer is a Court Appointed Special Advocate who is empowered with the ability to transform lives of vulnerable children. The advocate is trained to listen to the child and all of the other important people in the child’s life. The cases are complex.  The advocate is trained to report his or her observations and findings and make recommendations to the family court judge that are in the child’s best interests. To volunteer or to support this important organization please call 201-366-7472

You can help be part of the safety net to make sure our children in Bergen County don’t get lost in the foster care system.

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FOUR BILLS TARGETING GUN TRAFFICKING, STRAW PURCHASING, REGULATING SALE OF AMMUNITION & REQUIRING FIREARM I.D

Building upon the momentum set by the Legislature with the passage of several bills aimed at stemming gun violence in New Jersey communities, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, Assembly Democrats Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Yvonne Lopez and Gordon Johnson recently introduced a four-bill package to address the sale and transfer of firearms, straw purchasing, and gun trafficking in the state.

According to a recent NJGUNSTAT Report, 83% of guns recovered at crime scenes in New Jersey during the first quarter of 2019 were originally purchased out of state. Nearly 350 identified crime guns were recovered; most of these firearms were purchased in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, and Ohio.

Straw purchasing occurs when an individual buys a gun for a person who cannot legally purchase, own, or who intends to use that gun for unlawful purposes. This practice plays a major role in illegal gun trafficking activity in New Jersey.

The four-part legislative package includes the following bills:

  • A-5455 Requires ammunition sales to be reported and mandates development of an electronic system for firearm information. (Greenwald, Johnson, Reynolds Jackson)
  • A-5454 Criminalizes the purchase, transfer, or possession of certain weapons and ammunition by persons convicted of certain crimes. The bill adds to the current list of crimes barring an individual from owning a firearm or ammunition and establishes a 3rd degree crime of transporting, shipping, selling, disposing of or possession a firearm without a federally licensed and registered serial number.  (Greenwald, Reynolds Jackson)
  • A-5453 Establishes criminal penalties for the possession and transfer of firearms and ammunition to a person disqualified to own a firearm or permit under state law. (Lopez, Greenwald, Johnson)
  • A-5452 Provides that firearms purchasing identification is valid for four years, requires training prior to I.D. and handgun purchase permits, and revises procedures for passing of firearms to an heir. (Reynolds Jackson, Johnson, Greenwald) 

“Purchasing a firearm or ammunition and giving it to a person who is unqualified to own one because of a prior criminal conviction or a history of mental illness puts our communities in danger,” said Assemblyman Johnson. “These bills will augment law enforcement’s efforts to keep firearms out of the hands of individuals who should not have them.”

This new legislation was developed alongside Governor Murphy’s efforts in March to raise awareness of gun crimes in the state.

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Gordon M. Johnson was elected by the people of the 37th District of Bergen County to the New Jersey State General Assembly in 2001.  Assemblyman Johnson serves in the position of Speaker Pro Tempore, Chair of the Commerce and Economic Development Committee, and a member of the Budget Committee, and the Judiciary Committee.

 Paid for by Johnson for Assembly. Jeffrey Richardson, Treasurer. PO Box 14, Tenafly, NJ 07670. Produced in house.