Christie vetoes gun control legislation, Re-writes bill as mental health reform measure

IMG_6919Calling 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.

 

Posted: July 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns | Tags: , , , , , | 8 Comments »

8 Comments on “Christie vetoes gun control legislation, Re-writes bill as mental health reform measure”

  1. Christie Rips Apart N.J. Mag Bill | The Save Jersey Blog said at 8:33 pm on July 2nd, 2014:

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  2. JRSMITH said at 8:34 pm on July 2nd, 2014:

    How sad that this Governor only cares about the Conservatives in Iowa.Get another doughnut Christie on your way out the door.

  3. Corey said at 8:40 pm on July 2nd, 2014:

    really JR? what does banning 22 plinking rifles and taking 5 rounds out of a magazine do for public safety? The bill was feel good bullshit from the start, designed to prevent Sweeny from getting hit too hard from his left by Fulop. It had zero chance of passing and made zero sense.

  4. justin said at 10:23 pm on July 2nd, 2014:

    Well said Corey, agreed

  5. marty said at 10:45 pm on July 2nd, 2014:

    LETS GET THIS STRAIGHT ONCE AND FOR ALL ITS A IDIOT WITH A GUN DOING STUPID STUFF NOT THE GUN ITS SELF AND CERTAINLY NOT THE SIZE OF A MAGAZINE HOW CAN IT SHOOT ANYONE IT HAS NO TRIGGER AND A GUN HAS A TRIGGER BUT SOME DUMBASS AS GOT TO PULL IT ,IT DON`T PULL ITSELF. NOW EVERYONE HAS A SHIT FIT ABOUT ASSAULT RIFLES WHY BEATS THE HELL OUT OF ME THE ONLY ONES USING THEM ARE THE MILITARY. WE MIGHT HAVE RIFLES THAT LOOK LIKE THEM BUT THEY ARE NOT ASSAULT RIFLES THEY ONLY SHOOT SEMI-AUTOMATIC JUST LIKE ANY OTHER SEMI-AUTOMATIC DEER RIFLE !

  6. Rich D. said at 11:32 pm on July 2nd, 2014:

    What the left has been fed is that the 13th bullet killed a young girl. This is extremely tragic, and every bit of horrid.
    But I hear no one ask about the 12 in front of her.
    What appalled me is that no one brought up the fact that the crazy person that shot that girl had a free for all, in the sense that the politician who this young beautiful life that was lost went to see, forbid those who has the right to carry NOT bring their guns to the event.
    If they had brought their guns, I am willing to bet not more than two people would have been shot.

  7. Jim Granelli said at 10:05 am on July 3rd, 2014:

    @ Rich D.

    And no one talks about the knife used to kill the first three victims in California. :(

    Again, this was feel good legislation that would not change anything. Enforce mental health laws as well as other existing gun laws.

    Besides, criminals would always find a way to get larger magazines.

  8. Bob English said at 10:33 am on July 3rd, 2014:

    …..and pass the background check bill so that in some states convicted felons and those that are mentally ill can not purchase a weapon at a gun show or online without a background check.