NEWARK - Newark Mayor Corey Booker and community activists gathered today to address the problem of rampant gun violence in the city.
Community activist Fernando Mateo, who spoke on behalf of bodega owners in the city, called on Booker to take drastic measures after an unarmed bodega worker was shot to death on Friday. Jamil Bader was shot and killed after he resisted a pair of masked gunmen trying to rob his family's Clinton Street market.
Mateo said he believes the state's gun laws need to be relaxed in places like Newark so law-abiding business owners can legally purchase guns for protection without much red tape.
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