NJ Governor Chris Christie Signed 10 Gun Bills Today

August 8 2013
by GSL Staff
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Credit: Bob Jagendorf (CC License)Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, signed into law 10 gun bills today.

The governor acted on the least controversial of the bills, while leaving several more controversial bills still sitting on his desk.

The two bills signed today that were most heavily opposed by gun rights supporters would prevent anyone on the terror watch list from buying guns and require stricter reporting of more mental health issues to the government.

Both of these are particularly troubling since both could be used to strip a person of their Second Amendment rights without due process of law.

There is currently no way to know if you’re on the terror watch list, no way to know how people are added to it, and no easy way to be removed from it. This means all it takes is an undisclosed, anonymous government designation to strip someone of their Second Amendment rights in New Jersey.

According to NJ.com, gun rights supporters were upset with the signing of the above mentioned bills today and are concerned about remaining bills.

“Of the ten bills signed today, we supported two, opposed two, and were neutral on the remaining six,” said Scott Bach, executive director of the New Jersey Association of Rifle and Pistol Clubs. ” We are most concerned about what the Governor will do on 3 bills on which he took no action today — the Sweeney “kitchen sink” bill that attacks gun rights and does nothing to prevent crime; a ban on $10,000 rifles used by wealthy hobbyists; and a bill that would mandate that the State Police disclose law enforcement data in violation of federal law.”

It will be interesting to see what, if any, action Christie takes on the remaining bills. Christie, a Republican, who may be considering a 2016 presidential run, is struggling to appeal to the GOP base while at the same time trying to be seen as progressive in the typically more liberal Northeast part of the country.

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