Lawmakers Tangle with Christie Over Gun Laws

July 13, 2016 · by RLF Attorneys · in

gunEarlier this summer, New Jersey legislators passed two gun regulation bills and began plans to craft a third. This put the Democratic controlled Senate and Assembly in direct odds with Republican Governor Chris Christie, who opposes the measures.
New Jersey gun laws are among the strictest in the country. Until April, state regulations required an applicant to show “justifiable need” before being approved for a carry permit. Those restrictions were relaxed after the murder of a Berlin Township woman last year.
While awaiting approval for a gun permit, 39-year-old Carol Bowne was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend, whom she had a restraining order against. In response, Christie ordered that those who can provide proof of “serious threats” against their lives should be able to obtain a carry permit. On Monday, June 27, Democrats voted on a resolution to codify the original regulatory language. The bill passed the Assembly in a 46-28 vote on June 16 and passed the Senate in a 22-17 vote on June 27.
In addition, a second bill was passed that aims to make smart guns more readily available. Smart guns refer to any type of technology that is designed to ensure only the gun’s proper owner can fire the weapon. This includes the use of fingerprints, specially designed handgrips, or wireless keys.
This is not the first time a smart gun bill has been pushed by the state senate. A similar measure was proposed in January, but Christie vetoed it. He is also expected to veto both new bills, though legislators plan to override the vetoes.
The Senate planned another veto override in late June, this time of a bill to deny ownership of guns from anyone convicted of domestic abuse, but at the last minute lawmakers backed away, choosing instead to craft a new law. The hope is to get additional support from GOP members of the legislature should the governor attempt another veto.
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