Christie Signs Some Gun Control Laws, Leaves Others On His Desk

Gov. Chris Christie

Gov. Chris Christie

TRENTON – Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed 10 bills into law that aim to reduce gun violence. However, the most controversial bills passed by the Legislature in June still await the governor’s action.

One measure still awaiting action would ban the .50 caliber rifle, which is the most powerful gun currently available to civilians (A3659). Though Christie had called for a ban on the gun in his own plan to combat violence earlier this year, he has not indicated whether he will sign this bill into law.

Another bill awaiting action would reform how New Jersey issues firearm identification cards and purchase permits, and require purchasers to show proof of safety training, among other things. (S2723)

Gun rights supporters opposed two bills that the governor signed: one prevents people on the federal terrorist watch list from legally buying guns (A3687), and another requires certain mental health information to be submitted to a federal database (A3717).

In signing the bill to prevent people on the terrorist watchlist from legally buying guns, Christie said, “To the extent that this bill will keep guns out of the hands of known terrorists, or those who have taken active steps to support terrorist activities, my signature on this bill represents my commitment to keeping the citizens of New Jersey safe. Our diligence against terrorism must never fade.”

“Terrorists are on the Watchlist because their intentions to harm people and property are well known,” said Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Middlesex, Somerset and Union), a sponsor of the bill. “It’s reasonable protection that terrorists are denied access to NJ gun permits and licenses. It’s simple common sense.”

Christie also signed a bill to upgrade the crime of unlawful possession of firearm to a first degree crime and increase the mandatory minimum sentence by six months (S2804). Another new law increases the penalties for firearms trafficking and allows police to seize cars used to smuggle guns into New Jersey (S2719). Cars could also be impounded if an occupant illegally possesses a weapon (S2468) and unlawfully selling or giving a gun to an underage person would have a mandatory minimum prison sentence of five years (S1279) under two other new laws.

Other bills signed by Christie include measures to give people 180 days to turn in certain illegal guns (S3797), exempt firearm owner information from the state’s Open Public Records Act (A3788), clarify that the total number of gun permits in a town are a public record (S2720), and create a study commission on violence (S2430).

“Gun violence has become an epidemic in many of our communities. There is no one solution to gun violence, but these and other gun violence prevention measures can  help put a dent on gun crime,” said Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex).

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3 comments for “Christie Signs Some Gun Control Laws, Leaves Others On His Desk

  1. Sir TuberKopf
    August 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Our lint for brains legislators write laws based on Hollywood fiction.

    Point of fact: Teflon coating bullets, does not make them armor piercing. The fact that high velocity rifle bullets are coming out of the barrel at 2 to 4 times the speed of sound requires so much explosive force and pressure that lead bullets would begin to deform and exhibit liquid qualities as they exit the barrel.

    To prevent fouling and other problems like the gun blowing up in your face, high velocity rounds must be metal jacketed. Such bullets commonly used in some hand guns and nearly all rifles, by virtue of their size, velocity, and metal jacket allow them to also pierce most common forms of body armor.

    A side effect of metal jacketed bullets is; the harder bullet surfaces will tear up and damage the inside of a barrel. To minimize barrel damage manufacturers began Teflon coating bullets. Military armor peircing rounds are also Teflon coated for the same reason, to protect the barrel! The Teflon coating does not make them armor piercing.

    Now recall a fictional TV mini-series called V from 1983, and a 1982 NBC special on cop killer bullets. In the movie alien invaders had body armor that was defeating earth resistance groups. Enter Micheal Ironside the bad ass, good guy, paramilitary type, who brings “Teflon Coated Armor Piercing Ammunition” to save the day!

    This was a fictional subplot from a science fiction movie. And if you don’t think people are affected by TV, I suggest you look at NJ gun laws, there are at least five states that have banned Teflon coated bullets. All based on a fictional subplot in a science fiction movie.

    These loony legislatures called it sensible gun control! Bottom line they infringed on the second amendment by codifying a laws based on TV fiction, and they are doing it again with their .50 cal gun ban

    • radiotom2
      August 9, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Hey man, the list of people killed by 50 BMG is really, really long.

      • Sir TuberKopf
        August 9, 2013 at 8:55 pm

        Yeah,but don’t they look scary in the movies? This is the point of my whole long spiel above. The NJ legislator honors the people of NJ with legislation based on fictional scary movies and they call it sensible gun control.

        Any state like NJ with a Teflon coated bullet ban is a laughing stock, who has a legislature that is dumb as rocks.

        Lets see the .50 cal rifles are about 4 feet long and weigh 35 to 50 pounds plus you need to carry the ammo which is also huge and heavy. No doubt they are afraid of concealed weapons!

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