January 9, 2017 – Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and retired NASA astronaut Captain Mark Kelly, the Co-Founders of the gun violence prevention organization Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS), applauded the signing of a new bipartisan, commonsense bill (S2483) into law that establishes effective procedures that will help limit domestic abusers’ access to guns by providing guidance and assurance to law enforcement, survivors, and advocates.
“Today, the Garden State became a safer place to live. This is a real victory for the kind of common sense and bipartisanship that our country needs a lot more of. We are grateful to leaders from both parties who sent this responsible proposal to Governor Christie’s desk – and we are grateful to Governor Christie for signing this life-saving legislation,” said Congresswoman Giffords and Captain Kelly. “We also want to say thank you to all of the Americans for Responsible Solutions supporters, community leaders, and domestic violence prevention advocates in New Jersey who urged their elected officials in Trenton to help protect women and families from abusers’ with guns.”
“The inspiration provided by Congresswoman Giffords encouraged us to act, and the invaluable support of Americans for Responsible Solutions helped us to find a solution to protect the victims of domestic violence,” said Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean. “I want to thank Governor Chris Christie and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg for their partnership and leadership to enact these sensible reforms. We ended up with a practical solution that undoubtedly will save lives.”