Calling a bill that would have reduced permitted ammunition magazine sized from 15 rounds to 10 “reform in name only,” Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed A2006 this afternoon.
In his conditional veto message, Christie said the bill follows the well worn path of empty rhetoric, political self-promotion and polarizing intolerance in the face of violent crimes committed with guns:
“Difficult choices are brushed aside
in favor of empty rhetoric. Uncomfortable topics are left
unexplored, while easy soundbites and videoclips are packaged
for consumption. Appropriate empathy for victims, and their
suffering survivors, blurs with politics and elected officials’
self-promotion to create a polarizing intolerance. We ignore
the hard for the expedient, the controversial for the safely
familiar, and the costly for those cheaply recycled answers that
never really address the root causes.”
Christie sent the legislation back to the General Assembly as a bill that he says addresses violence by fixing critical short comings and crack in the mental healthcare system.
The Governor’s measure creates new standards for involuntary commitment and outpatient treatment for individuals with mental illnesses that make them dangerous to themselves and others, improves clinical oversight, required those who have been committed to provide adequate medical evidence to a court before they can obtain firearms purchaser identification cards or handgun permits and mandates new training programs for first responders in new methods of dealing with people in crisis.
If the Assembly and Senate concur with Christie’s conditional veto, it becomes law.