Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Stopping Guns

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Stopping Guns

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GUNS from other states have a tragic habit of winding up on New Jersey streets. Many land in what law enforcement have dubbed the Passaic River Corridor, the stretch between Newark and Paterson that is fertile ground for gun runners.

Since May, federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies have worked hard to crack down on gun traffickers and the dangerous merchandise they carry. The unprecedented collaboration between agencies and departments has netted 76 guns and brought 405 arrests, the state Attorney General's Office announced this week.

This immense effort by police and prosecutors, called the Passaic River Corridor Initiative, means fewer people will be murdered or injured. It means the .38-caliber revolver stashed in a black sock on River Road in Clifton and the sawed-off 20-gauge shotgun hidden in a gym bag next to an abandoned building in Paterson will not be retrieved and used by gang members, drug dealers or children. And it means gun runners know that law enforcement is after them, arresting them when they get off the train with their loot or selling to undercover agents.

Every round of indictments and load of seized weapons is cause for celebration and thanks. But the sad fact is that no matter how quickly police ferret out and take these weapons and how snappily the traffickers go before the court, there will always be more of both streaming into the Garden State. That is, until other states tighten up their gun laws to prevent, for example, straw purchasers in states that don't require permits from buying guns and selling them to gun runners. That can best happen by governors of states with strong laws, like New Jersey, encouraging their counterparts in other states to match the tougher laws.

In the past we have called on the federal government to address the national epidemic of gun violence by instituting stricter federal gun-control laws. …

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