Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Gov. Chris Christie Vetoes New Jersey Gun Control Bill, Requests ‘Expedited’ Gun Licenses For Domestic Abuse Victims

Gov. Chris Christie Vetoes New Jersey Gun Control Bill, Requests ‘Expedited’ Gun Licenses For Domestic Abuse Victims
by AWR Hawkins 10 Nov 2015
On November 9, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) issued a bipartisan veto on a domestic violence gun control bill backed by Gabby Giffords and subsequently called for expedited gun licenses for victims of domestic violence.

The bipartisan veto allows the legislature to make changes to the bill–as suggested by Christie–then bring the proposal back to him for reconsideration.

According to the Office of New Jersey Governor, Christie vetoed A-4218 because it “substantially restates New Jersey’s existing laws that govern firearms and domestic violence and does not offer new and sensible improvements to those current laws.” It was just more gun control for the sake of more gun control.

So Christie sent the measure back to lawmakers with three proposed amendments for their consideration.

The first two amendments deal with sentencing and parole opportunities for those found guilty of domestic violence. Christie’s approach here is that a tougher sentence and a higher threshold for parole would augment the need for enhanced gun restrictions for such individuals. Christie called on lawmakers to “[enhance] criminal penalties imposed against those who are convicted of domestic violence” and “[lengthen] periods of parole ineligibility.”

Christie’s third suggested amendment deals with getting guns into the hands of domestic violence victims quickly. He wants “an immediate codification in statute of new rules currently being processed, giving expedited processing of firearm license applications for victims of domestic violence so that the victims may better defend themselves against future instances of abuse.”

The push to expedite gun licenses comes even as the shadow of Carol Bowne’s death looms large over the New Jersey gun licensing process. An unarmed Bowne was stabbed to death in her own driveway on June 3 while waiting for the state to okay her request to own a gun for self-defense. Breitbart News reported that Bowne had a restraining order against her attacker and had applied for a gun license on April 21, yet six weeks later she remained unarmed as she waited for New Jersey to grant a gun license.

Gabby Gifford’s gun control group–Americans for Responsible Solutionsresponded to Christie’s veto by expressing their that “disappointment presidential politics got in the way of this bipartisan proposal.” 

Gabby Giffords
Gabrielle Giffords is a co-founder for the Americans for Responsible Solutions.

Note: Americans for Responsible Solutions is a “Gun Safety, Gun Control” PAC for guns.
Michael R. Bloomberg was a contributor for Americans for Responsible Solutions, a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, a donor for the Robin Hood Foundation, is a co-chair for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and the founder of Everytown for Gun Safety.
George Soros was a benefactor for Harlem Children's Zone, and the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Harlem Children's Zone, and the Robin Hood Foundation.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a “Gun Safety, Gun Control” group for guns.
Everytown for Gun Safety is a “Gun Safety, Gun Control” group for guns.
Robin Hood Foundation raised money for the Hurricane Sandy relief.
Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund is a relief organization for Hurricane Sandy.
Mary Pat Christie is the chair for the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, and married to Christopher J. Christie.  
Christopher J. Christie is married to Mary Pat Christie, the New Jersey state government governor, and a presidential candidate for the 2016 presidential election.
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