Downey Introduces Safe Storage of Firearms Bill

Legislation Would Establish a Safe Protocol to Enhance Gun Safety Laws in New Jersey 

(TRENTON) – To enhance gun safety in New Jersey, Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) introduced legislation Wednesday that would mandate safe storage of firearms.

The bill (A-5647) would require a legal owner of a firearm to store and secure an unloaded gun in a safe or securely locked container. The measure would also mandate that the legal owner of the firearm must store the ammunition separately in a securely locked box or container.

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Committee Passes Amendment to Permit Sports Wagering on Collegiate Athletic Competitions

 

(TRENTON) – Sports wagering has become wildly popular in New Jersey since it was approved in 2018, but certain collegiate events have been prohibited to bettors.  Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey (D- Both Monmouth) sponsor a resolution to ask voters to amend the State Constitution. The measure passed by the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee on Wednesday, would permit sports wagering through casinos and current or former racetracks on collegiate athletic competitions if approved by New Jersey voters in the November election.  

If approved, the amendment (ACR-200) would permit wagering even if the event takes place in New Jersey.

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Downey to Introduce Safe Storage of Firearms Bill

Legislation would establish a safe protocol to enhance gun safety laws in New Jersey.

FREEHOLD - Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) is set to introduce legislation mandating safe storage of firearms. This bill requires a legal owner of a firearm to store or secure an unloaded firearm in a gun safe or securely locked box or container. This legislation also mandates the legal owner to store the ammunition separately in a securely locked box or container.

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Look out for lanternflies, they're dangerous hitchhikers

By Eric Houghtaling

In the past year, we’ve come to associate the word ‘quarantine’ with staying home to slow the spread of COVID-19. Many New Jerseyans may not know much of the state is under a very different kind of quarantine aimed to protect our crops, native plants and agricultural industry from a dangerous invasive species.

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Downey Speaks Out on Asbury Park Press Racial Slur Caption

In response to The Asbury Park Press apology, Downey wants the media to “do better”.  

 

FREEHOLD - In response to The Asbury Park Press updating its apology regarding the offensive caption of a nurse, Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) calls for the media outlet to be held accountable for their actions. 

Assemblywoman Downey released the following statement in response to The Asbury Park Press apology:

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Gopal, Houghtaling & Downey Urge Governor to Prioritize Teachers for Vaccine Distribution

The legislators request Governor Murphy add teachers, support staff and daycare workers to Group 1B for vaccine distribution across the state.


OCEAN TWP - Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey sent letters to Governor Murphy and the Department of Health requesting teachers, school support staff and daycare workers be added to Group 1B for vaccine distribution across the state. Understanding that demand is currently also greater than supply, Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey are also urging the Murphy Administration to begin meeting with school districts to discuss their potential vaccination plans for their employees who wish to receive it between now and this August. Planning now can help get districts ready for full in-person learning and normalcy for September 2021 which will greatly benefit our students, teachers and families.

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