Chris Christie Could Hold Future of Gun Rights in His Hands When He Appoints Senator to Replace Lautenberg
The death of New Jersey senator Frank Lautenberg (author of the Lautenberg Amendment which allows a court to strip someone of their right to bear arms with a simple court order), has left a vacant Senate seat in the garden state.
Now Republican (RINO?) Governor Chris Christie will appoint a successor to serve until a special election can be held in October.
Christie could, if he so desired select a pro gun or at least a moderate person to fill the seat, which would almost certainly spell the end of gun control in the senate until at least early 2014. Votes in favor of gun control are already hard to come by in the Senate and Lautenberg was staunchly anti-gun. Moving another vote to the pro-gun column would be a huge swing for upcoming debates
Christie hasn’t been seen as much of a friend to the Second Amendment as his state has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.
Anti gunner Gabby Giffords is using the power of her new anti gun group to pressure Christie into appointing an anti gun senator to fill in.
According to POLITICO,
“Frank Lautenberg spent a career working tirelessly to reduce gun violence in our country,” reads a post on the website of the group, Americans for Responsible Solutions. “And although he cannot be replaced, Governor Chris Christie must now select a successor for Senator Lautenberg, and he should pick one who reflects the state’s overwhelming support for expanding background checks.”
“Sign on our petition calling on Governor Christie to honor Senator Lautenberg’s legacy and select a successor who supports expanding background checks for gun purchases,” the post concludes.