NRA Explore
APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

New Jersey: Governor Christie Vetoes Major Anti-Gun Bills and Gun Owners Secure a Significant and Rare Victory

Friday, August 16, 2013

Today, Governor Chris Christie (R) vetoed a trio of anti-gun bills after nearly seven months of contentious public debate.  Misguided anti-gun state lawmakers introduced more than 80 anti-gun bills at the beginning of the year.  By this summer, more than a dozen bills cleared both legislative chambers and were sent to the Governor for his consideration and action.  Earlier this month, Governor Christie signed ten of those gun bills into law, but he left three deeply flawed bills for today’s action.  Your NRA-ILA was there every step of the way to oppose these onerous and overreaching bills.  Of all the legislation introduced, the three bills vetoed today were the most egregious.

S.2723, sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-03), was the “centerpiece” bill of the gun control package.  This bill received a conditional veto, meaning that the bill is dead unless the state Legislature convenes and readopts this bill in a form that meets the Governor’s approval.  The state Legislature can also override this veto with a two-thirds vote.  That prospect is very unlikely given the current composition of the state Legislature.  The veto message specifically cites sections of this bill which were not acceptable.  Specifically, the Governor scratched the portions requiring mandatory training for firearm ownership and the section that would have banned private transactions.  Governor Christie also struck a component of this bill which would have encoded permit holder information on a new ID card, such as a driver’s license.

A.3659, sponsored by Assemblyman Peter Barnes (D-18), was vetoed in its entirety.  If enacted into law, this bill would have banned .50 caliber firearms.  The NRA argued in public testimony that these firearms are used by competitive shooters and collectors, and are not misused in crime. Governor Christie agreed.

A.3797, sponsored by Assemblymen Charles Mainor (D-31) and Tim Eustace (D-38), received a conditional veto.  If enacted, this bill would have required the State Police to issue reports on gun trace data, which is clearly a violation of federal law.

NRA members did a tremendous job contacting state legislators and the Governor.  Although anti-gun lawmakers ignored constituent messages and in some cases severely restricted public testimony, gun owners prevailed today as the Governor made the right decision on the three most consequential bills.  However, New Jersey NRA members must remain vigilant.  Despite the daunting challenge ahead, your NRA-ILA will continue to work actively against anti-gun bills and push for legislation that corrects many of the flaws in current law in the future.

Please contact Governor Chris Christie and thank him for striking down these three gun control bills.  You can contact the Governor at 609-292-6000, or click here to send an email using the online contact form.

TRENDING NOW
Just in Time for His Party’s Convention, Obama Administration Releases Latest Executive Gun Control

News  

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Just in Time for His Party’s Convention, Obama Administration Releases Latest Executive Gun Control

On Friday, July 22, just as members of his party were gathering in Philadelphia to coronate Hillary Clinton as their presidential nominee, the Obama Administration once again released a sweeping gun control measure by executive ...

The AR-15 Is The Musket Of Its Era

News  

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The AR-15 Is The Musket Of Its Era

As the standard firearm of its day, the AR-15 does not represent some bizarre over-extension of the right to keep and bear arms. It is the very core of that right.

In Case You Missed It: More Gun Control Laws Will Not Reduce Crime

News  

Thursday, July 28, 2016

In Case You Missed It: More Gun Control Laws Will Not Reduce Crime

Washington Post admits new study “reinforces a common refrain among gun rights advocacy groups.”  

Anti-Gun Coalition Calls for “West Coast Ban” on Commonly-Owned Semi-Auto Firearms

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Anti-Gun Coalition Calls for “West Coast Ban” on Commonly-Owned Semi-Auto Firearms

NRA members and Second Amendment supporters are called upon now more than ever to get involved in the upcoming elections to ensure that pro-gun and pro-hunting candidates are elected.

Massachusetts Attorney General Unilaterally Bans Thousands of Previously Legal Guns

News  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Massachusetts Attorney General Unilaterally Bans Thousands of Previously Legal Guns

On July 19, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued an “enforcement notice” that greatly expands the Commonwealth’s definition of “assault weapon.”  AG Healey alleges that the ban’s definition of “copy” or “duplicate” “assault weapons” has been misinterpreted ...

FACT CHECK: California Congressman Brad Sherman talks gun control with CNN

News  

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

FACT CHECK: California Congressman Brad Sherman talks gun control with CNN

NRA Fact Checks California Congressman Brad Sherman talks gun control with CNN.

Chris W. Cox Delivers the Straight Truth on Hillary Clinton and the Second Amendment

News  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Chris W. Cox Delivers the Straight Truth on Hillary Clinton and the Second Amendment

On Tuesday, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox addressed the Republican National Convention about the grave threat to the Second Amendment posed by a Hillary Clinton presidency. On Wednesday, Clinton’s attack dogs were out in force, desperately ...

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

FACT CHECK: Gun Control Advocate Mark Kelly Misleads on Gun Issue

News  

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

FACT CHECK: Gun Control Advocate Mark Kelly Misleads on Gun Issue

Hours before the issue of gun control took center stage at the Democratic National Convention, Mark Kelly, a leading gun control advocate, told what’s become a classic lie of the Hillary Clinton camp – that Clinton supports ...

News  

Friday, July 1, 2016

California Governor Signs Draconian Gun Control Package into Law

Fairfax, Va.— California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Friday a package of gun bills that were rushed through the state legislature with no regard for proper process. The National Rifle Association Institute for ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.