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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

Congressman MacArthur Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Community and School Safety

February 26, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the Parkland shooting, Congressman MacArthur has cosponsored a group of bipartisan bills, endorsed by the National Fraternal Order of Police, which will improve safety in schools and communities across South Jersey and the entire country.  Legislation includes:

  • The “Fix NICS Act,” would require all Federal agencies and States to produce NICS implementation plans focused on uploading accurate, required information to the background check system.


  • The “NICS Denial Notification Act,” would require the U.S. Department of Justice to notify State and local law enforcement agencies if a prohibited person attempts to purchase a firearm in their jurisdiction.


  • The “School Safety Act,” which would reauthorize and expand the Secure Our Schools program administered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).


  • The “Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act,” would reauthorize and fully fund the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.


  • The “Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act,” would increase penalties on those who burglarize or rob a Federal Firearms Licensee (gun store).

“It’s time to find real solutions that will protect our communities and our children,” said Congressman MacArthur. “That’s why I’m cosponsoring this group of bipartisan bills that will strengthen background checks across the country and fund vital programs that keep our neighborhoods and schools safe.  We all must come together and take real action to protect our communities.”

On Background:

On Friday, Congressman Tom MacArthur met with a group of students in Toms River and discussed school safety.

Earlier in the week, Congressman Tom MacArthur held a meeting to discuss community safety in Stafford Township. The meeting was attended by Mayor John Spodofora, Police Chief Tom Dellane, Captain Herman Pharo, Licensed Clinical Social Worker Meghan Corrigan, Charlene Hoverter - Barnegat resident who is Survivor Engagement Lead and Fellow for Everytown for Gun Safety and a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and Randy Campoli who is a local business owner, NRA member, and hunter.

Last week, Congressman MacArthur joined 19 other Congressmen in urging Speaker Paul Ryan to hold a vote this week on the “Fix NICS Act.”

He also released a safer communities plan containing immediate steps that can be taken by the federal government to make our communities safer. Full plan can be read here.