Christie Refuses to Sign 3 Gun Control Bills

Including one he asked for
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2013 3:20 PM CDT
Christie Refuses to Sign 3 Gun Control Bills
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks to fellow Republicans during the 2013 Republican National Committee summer meeting in Boston.   (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, Pool)

Chris Christie refused to sign three gun control bills sitting on his desk yesterday—including one he specifically asked for. Two of the bills—one that would overhaul the way New Jersey issues firearms ID cards, and one that would require state law enforcement to report lost and stolen guns to a federal database—he made some significant changes to and sent back to the Legislature. The third—which would ban Barrett .50 caliber rifles, the most powerful weapon usually available to civilians—he vetoed outright, reports the Star-Ledger. Though Christie was the one who asked for that particular rifle ban in the first place, he says this bill goes too far, requiring people who already own the gun to give it up, and therefore interfering "with lawful recreational pastimes."

"With the stroke of his veto pen, Chris Christie has put New Jersey communities at risk of serious gun violence," Democratic Assemblyman Louis Greenwald wrote in a statement, per the Philadelphia Inquirer, opining he "has put his national political ambitions ahead of protecting New Jersey's families." Christie has also come under, er, fire for saving his action on the bills until Friday night, when the media typically isn't paying attention. He did sign one gun control bill yesterday, which will create a task force on school violence, notes the Star-Ledger, and 10 other less controversial ones earlier in the week. (More Chris Christie stories.)

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