A Letter from UULMNJ Director, Rev. Rob Gregson
Dear Fellow Unitarian Universalists and supporters,
After weeks of waiting on Governor Christie for his signature or veto, at long last he signed off on an important bill to combat domestic violence and support its victims sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz of Union.
The bill (S2483 / A4126) prevents a person convicted of a domestic violence crime or who is under a domestic violence restraining order from possessing or purchasing firearms and requires the immediate surrender of any firearms along with purchaser identification cards and handgun permits.
The measure also requires stringent mandatory minimum prison terms, including parole ineligibility based on the crime’s severity for offenders who commit physically violent acts.
Thanks to all of you who made calls and wrote emails/letters to your legislators and to Governor Christie urging them to pass this important piece of legislation. We stand alongside many others in this state who support victims of domestic violence as well as sensible, sane limits on firearm possession and use. We can be proud of our part as Unitarian Universalists in helping this bill to pass with deep support in both houses, and UULMNJ will continue to champion “the inherent dignity and worth of every person” in our home state of New Jersey.
The Unitarian Church in Summit voted to take a public stand against gun violence. Our leaders have been working with UULMNJ and countless local groups to get this bill passed.