Last month, New Jersey’s second most populous city awarded a company a $500,000 contract to provide its police department firearms and ammunition that sells “strictly to law enforcement/Fire/EMS approved personnel” in an effort to “shape the dialogue” on gun control in America.
Jersey City, the second most populous community in New Jersey located just west of New York City, sought a firearms vendor by asking four “socially responsible” questions to companies in a survey, the scope of which included whether or not a potential vendor did not sell “assault weapons for civilian use,” and “require…dealers to conduct background checks,” according to NJ.com.
Here are the questions from the survey:
How would you handle any firearms that you originally sold to the City, if you decided to repurchase them in the future?
Do you manufacture and sell assault weapons for civilian use?
Do you agree not to sell certain models of firearms for civilian use?
Do you require your dealers to conduct background checks?
Southern New Jersey company Lawman Supply Company was awarded a $500,000 contract. Lawman in their survey wrote that their company sold “strictly to law enforcement/Fire/EMS approved personnel,” while competitor Atlantic Tactical indicated in their survey that they do.
“All firearms sold by Atlantic Tactical comply with respective local, state, and federal laws.”
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said in a press release last month that “Local municipalities are the entities most severely impacted by illegal gun use and violence”:
“For that reason, and because change at the federal level is slow to non-existent, we are taking a local approach. Police Departments are some of the largest purchasers of weapons, and by using our purchasing power we can have a real impact.”
“The debate on guns in America is dominated by the two extremes. Our questions were designed to get legitimate stakeholders into a conversation about what we can do and accomplish today.”
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