Union County never implemented Mayor Fulop’s gun vendor ‘social responsibility’ survey
Union County might do “business only with responsible vendors of guns and ammunition,” but they never implemented Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s “social responsibility” survey.
At the beginning of 2014, then-Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak received glowing coverage on NJ.com (The Star Ledger) and outrage from pro-Second Amendment activists for an initiative that would’ve had “potential gun sellers answer social responsibility questions” if they wished to do business with Union County.
The proposal put forth by Hudak mirrored a similar effort implemented by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. As reported by The Star Ledger, Jersey City was “believed to be the first in the nation to make potential gun sellers answer social responsibility questions.”
According to a report by the Suburban News, Hudak said “Union County residents are tired of waiting for meaningful gun laws.”
“And so is this Board. This Freeholder Board does not have the authority to regulate firearms. But we do have the ability to do business only with responsible vendors of guns and ammunition.”
In the end, in spite of all the rhetoric, an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request with Union County revealed Hudak’s initiative never came to fruition. The OPRA compliance manager for Union County provided this response to Real Jersey City‘s records request:
After inquiring with the Union County Sheriff’s Office, Prosecutor’s Office, Police Department, Corrections Department, Public Information, and County Counsel, it appears this initiative was not implemented.
It’s unclear why Hudak’s initiative never came to fruition, but it’s clear who Union County purchased their weapons and ammunition from – Atlantic Tactical. The same vendor that lost out on a contract to supply guns and ammunition to the Jersey City Police Department.
According to The Jersey Journal, Atlantic Tactical’s bid didn’t satisfy “new rules that Mayor Steve Fulop has said will help “shape the dialogue” on gun control nationwide.”
Of note, some invoices from Atlantic Tactical to Union County obtained via OPRA include “ship to” Joseph Cryan. A former Union County undersheriff, Democrat and anti-Second Amendment legislator, Cryan also represents LD-20 in the New Jersey Senate.
UPDATE: Cryan recently resigned from the Union County Sheriff’s Office and is now the executive director of the Middlesex County Utilities Authority.
Hudak did not respond to an email asking why Union County did not follow through on his initiative or if he was concerned that Atlantic Tactical – the vendor which lost out on a contract with Jersey City due to Fulop’s survey – continues to do business with Union County.