OPINION: NJ must increase sentences for straw gun purchases and implement millionaire’s tax

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A letter to the editor by Kathleen Strykowsky of Mt Laurel, NJ

Increase sentences for straw gun purchases

A Cherry Hill man just pled guilty to the “straw“ purchase of over 100 handguns, some with extended magazines holding 15 rounds. He admitted re-selling these out-of-state gun-show purchases to criminal drug dealers. His two co-conspiritors received 6 year sentences due to previous convictions. The Cherry Hill resident faces a maximum sentence of 5 years!

No one knows how many people may have been injured or killed by these guns. Democratic State Senator Troy Singleton (D-7th of Palmyra) has just introduced two gun bills to increase the punishment of people who either steal guns or illegally solicit someone to purchase a firearm for them. Senator Singleton introduced the measures on Monday, saying that they send a message of “zero tolerance” to criminals who attempt to illegally obtain a gun in New Jersey.

New Jersey needs a millionaire’s tax

New Jersey is coming up on a fiscal crossroads. The new federal Tax Reform Law cut taxes so heavily and permanently for large corporations and millionaires/billionaires that we are now facing a federal deficit of staggering proportions. The only “fix” will be to cut “entitlements” and aid to state Medicare/Medicaid funds and SNAP.

New Jersey will lose significant federal funding for these vital programs directly as a result of tax cuts given to the wealthiest 1%. It is only fair that New Jersey institute a Millionaire’s Tax for NJ state taxpayers to help replace the funding that we need, and will be losing due to their windfall.

Editor’s note: The opinions in this letter are the author’s only.

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