Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia introduces Melvin Santiago bill

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Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia (D-33) introduced the Melvin Santiago bill last week, named after the Jersey City police detective that was gunned down in July, which would expand the scope of the Security Officer Registration Act (SORA).

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Santiago was tragically gunned down in the parking lot of the Walgreens at 2395 John F. Kennedy Blvd. back on July 13 of last year, where his killer used the weapon he stole from an armed security guard working at the store.

Garcia explained to Hudson County View how the bill came about.

Garcia also noted that in an ideal world, the bill would become a law before the end of 2015, before then explaining why this bill was introduced eight months after Santiago’s death.

Finally, Garcia said that the Melvin Santiago bill would require potential armed security guards to be 18 years or older in order to be considered for employment.