Family members of Newtown victims traveled to the state capitol in Hartford when gun control negotiations hit a sticking point, and Tuesday they went on a similar mission to the statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey.
The parents of Newtown victims Ana Marquez-Greene, Daniel Barden, Jesse Lewis and Dylan Hockley were in the state the same day a senate committee held a hearing on a gun violence prevention bill. The resembles a similar measure passed by the other chamber but for one key difference: it does not contain a ban on magazines with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds. A coalition of local groups, New Jerseyans for Safety From Gun Violence, reached out to Sandy Hook Promise to step up their lobbying push to ensure that a magazine limit is included in a final gun package.
\”They were very supportive of our efforts,\” said Nicola Bocour, project director of Ceasefire New Jersey, one of the groups in the coalition.
Neil Heslin, Mark and Jackie Barden, Nicole Hockley, and Nelba Marquez-Greene made their trip to New Jersey the same day as the hearing was held. Though they did not testify, they had private meetings with both Democrat and Republican leaders.
\”There obviously are some areas where we’ve been having trouble moving leadership,\” said Bocour. \”Their presence here showed leadership and people in the state that we are fighting very hard.\”