Christie Again Blocks NJ Domestic Violence Gun Bill

June 8, 2016 · by RLF Attorneys · in

restraining-order-documentFor the second time in two years, Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a gun reform bill proposed by Democrats in the New Jersey State Legislature. The bill would have prevented individuals from accessing firearms if they had been convicted of domestic abuse or had domestic violence restraining orders taken out against them. Offenders would have had to surrender their guns and firearm purchaser identification cards while a restraining order is in effect. In addition, they would have been subjected to an investigation to ensure they do not have a gun in their possession.
Christie justified his veto by explaining that the bill “contains redundant restrictions on firearms ownership while ignoring the larger problem of domestic violence, which in most cases does not involve a firearm.” As an alternative, Christie proposed a bill that would protect victims of domestic violence by expediting the gun permit process for people who can prove they have a serious threat against their lives. However, Senate Democrats invalidated Christie’s amendment through a resolution passed last month.
Although Christie’s veto was upheld by a five vote majority in the New Jersey State Assembly, Democrats are hopeful that they will win enough votes this session to overturn the veto. If successful, this would significantly restrict the ability of individuals with restraining orders to obtain or own a firearm.
Restraining orders include a host of restrictions designed to prevent the defendant from coming into contact with or harming their alleged victims. Violation of a restraining order in New Jersey is considered contempt of court, which is a fourth degree crime that carries penalties of up to $10,000 in fines and 18 months in jail.
If you or a loved one has been charged with violating a restraining order, or wishes to have a restraining order against you removed, contact an attorney to protect your legal rights. Adam H. Rosenblum of the Rosenblum Law Firm is a prominent criminal defense attorney that has handled numerous cases involving restraining orders in New Jersey. Email him or call 888-815-3649 for a free consultation about your case today.