Christie, Sweeney Show Reluctance To Support Assembly Gun Control Bills

TRENTON – The Assembly passed a package of more than 20 bills related to gun control yesterday, but neither Gov. Chris Christie nor state Senate President Stephen Sweeney have rushed to embrace them.

The governor said that he would study the bills should they reach his desk, but he wouldn’t make “general pronouncements.”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono issued a statement criticizing the governor, “Rather than giving his support to commonsense legislation passed by the Assembly to enact commonsense reforms to reduce gun violence, the Governor declared that he would ‘study’ the bills to satisfy the right wing of the Republican Party,” she said. “As Vice President Biden said, ‘there is a moral price to be paid for inaction’ and Gov. Christie seemingly does not care about the cost.”

However, it’s unclear how many of the Assembly bills will even make it to Christie’s desk.

In a radio interview with 106.9 FM in Philadelphia, Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said, “We’re going to take a hard look at the bills the Assembly did. Some might be changed, some might not go through at all.”

He did say that the state Senate would act on new gun control measures by the end of April, and called some of the bills passed by the Assembly “common sense” such as mandatory training for gun owners and preventing people on the federal Terrorist Watchlist from being issued gun permits.

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