We’ve been wondering for some time what New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was going to do with anti-gun legislation that’s been sitting on his desk.
The gun bill (A2006/S993) would have limited gun magazines to 10 rounds and there was no grandfather clause to allow magazines that were made before the bill was created. The legislation was the result of backroom deals from anti-gun lawmakers who were hastily trying to push the law through.
Although Christie is not exactly a poster boy for gun rights it looks like he does not want to completely forfeit his political future by letting this law slip through his fingers.
According to NJ.com,
Gov. Chris Christie today vetoed a gun control bill that would have reduced the permitted size of ammunition magazines, saying it would do nothing to reduce gun violence.
“This is the very embodiment of reform in name only. It simply defies common sense to believe that imposing a new and entirely arbitrary number of bullets that can be lawfully loaded into a firearm will somehow eradicate, or even reduce, future instances of mass violence,” Christie said. “Nor is it sufficient to claim that a ten-round capacity might spare an eleventh victim.”
The move came less than an hour after gun control advocates — including parents of two children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting — dropped off at Christie’s office 55,000 signatures of people from around the country, including 10,000 from New Jersey, urging him to sign the measure.
Christie conditionally vetoed the legislation (A2006), but he did more than propose changes. He completely rewrote it, eliminating the ammunition capacity reduction and suggesting in its place several changes to the state’s mental health system that he first proposed more than a year ago.
“I will not support such a trivial approach to the sanctity of human life, because this is not governing. Governing is confronting problems,” Christie said in his veto message.
The bill, which was passed by the Legislature mostly along party lines in May, would have reduced the permitted size of ammunition magazines from 15 rounds to 10.
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