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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Vetoes Misguided “Smart Gun” Legislation

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Vetoes Misguided “Smart Gun” Legislation

Today, Governor Christie pocket-vetoed Senate Bill 3249 /A. 4717, sponsored by state Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and state Senator Richard Codey (D-27).  S. 3249 /A.4717 sought to repeal the ban on traditional handguns from New Jersey’s 2002 “smart gun” law by requiring licensed dealers to stock so called “Smart Guns” in their inventory.  NRA testified against the bill at a Statehouse hearing in Trenton a couple of weeks ago because it replaces one bad mandate with another.  NRA also asked lawmakers to repeal New Jersey's current “smart gun” law and amend the bill to remove the provision forcing gun dealers to offer these technologically unviable guns for sale.  This misguided mandate would be similar to the government forcing your local auto dealer to offer new self-driving car technology for sale regardless of consumer demand or viability.

This effort to force the adoption and use of “smart guns” by mandating that firearms dealers stock them in inventory suggests that politicians will once again pursue a ban on traditional firearms in the future.

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