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Senator Edward Durr

Senator Edward Durr

Following U.S. Supreme Court Ruling, Durr Urges Passage of His Bill to Allow Safe Concealed Carry

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Says His Legislation Would Eliminate Justifiable Need Requirement that Was Found Unconstitutional

Following a ruling by the United States Supreme Court today that struck down New York’s restrictive concealed carry law, Senator Ed Durr called for the passage of his bill to allow the safe concealed carry of guns in New Jersey in a manner that passes constitutional muster.

Following a ruling by the United States Supreme Court that struck down New York’s restrictive concealed carry law, Sen. Ed Durr called for the passage of his bill to allow the safe concealed carry of guns in New Jersey in a manner that passes constitutional muster. (Wikimedia Commons)

“New Jersey’s extremely restrictive concealed carry law is clearly unconstitutional for the same reason that New York’s law was just struck down by the Supreme Court,” said Durr (R-3). “I have proposed eliminating the justifiable need requirement from our concealed carry law that the United States Supreme Court said violates the Second Amendment. Further, I have proposed requiring comprehensive training to ensure that those who would carry in public are well versed in the safe handling, use, and care of their firearms.”

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Durr Testifies Against Package of Gun Restrictions that Won’t Stop Violent Crime or Protect Schools

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Senator Ed Durr testified against a package of new gun restrictions under consideration by the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee today that he said won’t stop violent crime or do anything to protect schools.

Sen. Ed Durr testified against a package of new gun restrictions under consideration by the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee that he said won’t stop violent crime or do anything to protect schools. (NJ Senate Republicans/YouTube)

Included below are Senator Durr’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

Governor Murphy is responding to a tragic event in Texas with a package of gun bills here in New Jersey that would do absolutely nothing to stop school shootings. I think increasing school security is something we all agree we should do. So why aren’t we doing that?

Governor Murphy doesn’t want to talk about the fact that he cut $375 million that the Legislature approved for school security projects.

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Durr Resolution that Would Designate First Week of May as “Composting Awareness Week” Clears Committee

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A joint resolution sponsored by Senator Edward Durr that would designate the first week of May of each year as “Composting Awareness Week” was approved today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

A joint resolution sponsored by Sen. Edward Durr that would designate the first week of May of each year as “Composting Awareness Week” was approved today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. (Pixabay)

“Composting has significant economic benefits for those in the agricultural industry,” said Durr (R-3). “Farmers who use compost actually spend far less money on expensive fertilizers and pesticides, water, and irrigation. That savings can then be reinvested in the local economy or used to make improvements on the farm. My legislation will not only recognize the importance of composting, but will further encourage the practice by businesses and individuals.”

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Durr: NJ Democrats Block Relief for High Gas Prices While NY Moves Forward to Help Drivers

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Just days after New Jersey Democrats broke the rules of the Senate to block an effort by Senator Ed Durr to provide Garden State families with $500 rebates to offset high gas prices and inflation, New York announced a gas tax holiday to provide relief to drivers. Similar relief has been enacted in nearby states, including Connecticut and Maryland.

“New Jersey Democrats appear to be the only people who don’t care that middle-class families are struggling with record-high gas prices and inflation,” said Durr (R-3). “That’s the only reason that would explain why they blocked our effort last week to put $500 back in the pockets of millions of New Jersey families immediately.”

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Durr: Democrats Violate Senate Rules to Prevent Vote on $500 “Give It Back” Tax Rebate to New Jersey Families

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During a session of the New Jersey Senate today, Democrats violated the rules of the Senate to improperly block a vote on legislation that would provide an immediate $500 rebate to most New Jersey families.

During today's Senate session, I made a motion to call a vote on my "Give It Back" bill that would provide New Jersey families with immediate $500 rebates to offset the impact of soaring gas prices and inflation.

Democrats actually broke the rules of the Senate to block a vote on this tax relief. Absolutely unbelievable.

Posted by Senator Edward Durr on Thursday, May 26, 2022

“It’s unbelievable that Democrats would violate the rules of the Senate to prevent New Jersey families from getting a $500 rebate to help offset the impact of soaring gas prices and inflation,” said Senator Ed Durr (R-3). “They just demonstrated clearly that they’d rather divvy up billions of dollars of tax overcollections in a back room for pet projects than help struggling families. Why are Democrats so afraid of giving real tax relief to New Jerseyans?”

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Durr Bill Will Hold Drunk Drivers Financially Accountable

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Senator Edward Durr introduced legislation yesterday that would require courts to order financial support for children if their parents are killed by a drunk driver.

Sen. Ed Durr introduced legislation yesterday that would require courts to order financial support for children if their parents are killed by a drunk driver. (Flickr)

“A child that loses a parent or guardian to a drunk driver experiences an incredible amount of emotional distress. Their entire life is upended in an instant and, in addition to emotional consequences, they may also suffer significant financial consequences,” said Durr (R-3). “Since parents are ultimately responsible for the upbringing and education of their children, if a parent is killed by a drunk driver, that driver should be held responsible for the financial well-being of those children.”

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Durr Introduces Mega-Bundle of Bills Protecting Gun Rights of Law-Abiding NJ Citizens

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Senator Ed Durr introduced a bundle of five gun rights bills this week, the first installment of his 15-bill package to advance safe, responsible firearm ownership for law abiding citizens.

Sen. Ed Durr introduced a bundle of five gun rights bills this week, the first installment of his 15-bill package to advance safe, responsible firearm ownership for law abiding citizens. (Wikimedia Commons)

“With some of the most rigid gun laws in the nation, New Jersey aggressively prevents innocent residents from protecting themselves, but fails miserably when it comes to controlling illegal arms and locking up predators who commit crimes with firearms,” said Durr (R-3). “These bills will help save the lives, families and constitutional rights of New Jerseyans who have been forsaken by Trenton bureaucrats committed to releasing convicts and weakening the criminal justice system.”

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Durr: U.S. Supreme Court Appears Likely to Fix 50-Year Mistake

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Senator Ed Durr issued the following statement in response to reports that the Supreme Court of the United States has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade:

Sen. Ed Durr said the U.S. Supreme Court appears likely to fix a 50-year mistake following reports it has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. (Wikimedia Commons)

“As someone who believes in the sanctity of life, I am hopeful that Justice Alito’s draft decision proves to be the final opinion that is approved by the majority to overturn Roe v. Wade and reaffirm states’ rights when it comes to abortion,” said Durr (R-3). “While it’s possible things can change, it seems likely the Supreme Court is on the verge of fixing a 50-year mistake. It’ll be a major victory for the pro-life community and for all those who kept faith that change would one day come.”

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Durr to Introduce Bill Prohibiting Classroom Instruction on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity from Kindergarten Through Sixth Grade

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Senator Ed Durr announced plans to introduce legislation to prohibit classroom instruction by school personnel on sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Sen. Ed Durr announced plans to introduce legislation to prohibit classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through sixth grade. (Pixabay)

“I highly doubt that New Jersey parents would want their children to learn about gender identity and sexual orientation in elementary school,” said Durr (R-3). “The new curriculum being foisted on us by the Murphy Administration is not only absurd and unnecessary, but it is incredibly insulting to every parent in the state. My legislation will reverse the implementation of these new sex education standards and allow parents to determine if and when such curriculum should be offered to their children.”

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South Jersey Lawmakers to Murphy: Stop Burdensome, Discriminatory School Covid Testing

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Sen. Ed Durr and Assemblywomen Beth Sawyer and Bethanne McCarthy Patrick want Gov. Phil Murphy to rescind his executive order that requires school staff and teachers who are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to submit to once or twice weekly testing.

Sen. Ed Durr and Assemblywomen Beth Sawyer and Bethanne McCarthy Patrick want Gov. Phil Murphy to rescind his executive order that requires school staff and teachers who are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to submit to once or twice weekly testing. (Pixabay)

The freshman legislators argue that executive order No. 253 is burdensome, discriminatory and remains in effect despite little Covid spread in schools and the public health emergency termination in March.

“Murphy’s mandates boil down to one word: discrimination. He picks the haves and have-nots. The superior and the inferior,” Durr (R-Gloucester) said. “There is no public health emergency. The pandemic is over. It is time to stop with the discrimination and let everyone do their jobs.”

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