Disarming an Explosive Issue.

We grieve with the families of those who have been murdered by guns, and work everyday in support of stronger gun violence prevention legislation.  


  1. Contact your NJ state elected officials.

    Right now, there are seven gun safety bills (“Gun Safety 3.0”) under consideration in the New Jersey State Legislature that, if enacted into law, will save lives and save victims’ families from having to live with the tragic aftereffects of gun violence. Some of the bills also would assist law enforcement to resolve cases, stop crimes before they happen, and reduce the number of illegal guns on the streets.  New Jersey state legislators need to hear loud and clear – Pass Gun Safety bills 3.0 NOW!

    Use this link to find and contact your New Jersey legislators (2 Assembly People and 1 Senator). Make sure to also call and email Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate President Nicholas Scutari, who must put the bills up for a vote. 

  2. Stand with underserved communities of color. 
    Guns Down America recommends that members of the gun safety movement stand with communities of color and organizations to end gun violence in all forms, including at the hands of the police. You can b ecome a member and support the Newark Community Street Team , a community violence intervention program. Join here . Watch and learn more here . Click here for a full list of Guns Down America actions.

  3. Join Our GVP Committee.
    Stay informed and be on call for activism either to support or to argue against pending legislation or policies . Email Diane Dresdale here to become a part of our team and to get more information about the June 3 rally.

Gun Violence in America. 

The United States has higher rates of gun violence than any other developed nation in the world, with 33,000 individuals killed every year by guns. The proliferation of and easy access to guns has resulted in an epidemic of gun violence — from deadly domestic abuse to suicide and school shootings.

NCJW/Essex believes that our laws and policies should regulate guns to prevent gun violence and save lives. These commonsense public safety laws include:

  • Requiring gun buyers to pass a criminal background check, including closing the private sale loophole
  • Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
  • Criminalizing gun trafficking
  • Eliminating loopholes that allow convicted stalkers and domestic abusers access to guns which can reduce gun violence and save lives. 

NCJW/Essex is proud to have provided testimony in support of gun safety bills in Trenton and regularly educate our members about how to talk to legislators about gun violence prevention. NCJW/Essex is a member of the Coalition for Peace Action. [https://www.peacecoalition.org/]

For more information on how you can get involved, email advocacy@ncjwessex.org