Congressman Donald Norcross

Representing the 1st District of New Jersey
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Norcross Statement on House Passing Dangerous Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act

Dec 6, 2017
News Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01), a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, issued the following statement as House Republicans pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38), which would force New Jersey to honor concealed carry permits – or the lack thereof – from every other state in the nation:

“Until now, the Republicans who control Congress have reacted to mass shootings by holding a moment of silence – then doing absolutely nothing to stop the next one. Now, they are finally taking action – and they’re making our gun violence problem worse.

“This bill allows criminals from other states to enter our New Jersey stores, churches, parks and offices with guns. It goes against what America needs and what New Jersey wants. New Jersey wants gun safety, not gun violence. New Jersey wants us to stand up for the victims, not the gun lobbyists.

“It is shameful that my colleagues voted to make matters worse, not better. There are simple, common-sense things we can do right now to help save American lives: We can ban assault rifles, stop suspected terrorists from buying weapons, strengthen background checks, close loopholes, allow for proper gun violence research and end gun trafficking.

“I will keep fighting for smart actions to save lives – and I vow to keep standing up for New Jersey, for public safety and for common sense.”

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  • Norcross introduced a Resolution demanding action on gun violence on June 2, 2017.
  • Norcross joined Camden residents at a March Against Gun Violence on April 18, 2017.
  • Norcross joined civil rights icon John Lewis in Camden to discuss gun violence on September 19, 2016.
  • Norcross issued a statement on the Supreme Court’s decision to place limits on the ability of convicted domestic abusers to obtain firearms on July 27, 2016.
  • Norcross released a statement about his participation in the sit-in calling for House leadership to bring gun safety measures up for a vote on June 22, 2016.
  • Norcross demanded votes in the House on gun safety measures on June 22, 2016.
  • Norcross released a statement on the Senate’s failure to vote on gun safety legislation on June 20, 2016.
  • Norcross demanded that Congress take immediate actions to address gun safety on June 17, 2016.
  • Norcross urged colleagues to close the terror loophole on March 17, 2016.
  • Norcross called on Congress to close the terror loophole on January 6, 2016.
  • Norcross joined New Jersey Democrats in urging House leader to save lives on October 5, 2015.


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