Buono Criticizes Cowardly Christie for Vetoing Legislation to Reduce Gun Violence
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, August 22, 2013, 04:24 PM EDT
At a press conference today in Asbury Park, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono slammed Governor Christie for vetoing three commonsense bills to reduce gun violence. In a cowardly attempt to draw attention away from these inexcusable vetoes, the Governor made the announcement in the dark of night last Friday evening.
"By vetoing these commonsense measures to reduce gun violence, Governor Christie chose the NRA and the conservative base of the Republican Party above the families here in New Jersey," Senator Buono said. "Recall that just a few months ago, Governor Christie called for banning .50 caliber rifles, considered to be one of the most destructive weapons available to citizens in the United States of America. But after a trip to Boston for an RNC luncheon and a trip to Aspen for a Republican Governor’s Association meeting, it seems Governor Christie forgot the will of the people here in New Jersey, and vetoed the legislation.
"On top of that, because Governor Christie also vetoed legislation closing the private sale loophole, someone could legally purchase a .50 caliber rifle in a private sale even if their most recent background check was 25 even 50 years ago because a firearms ID card never has to be renewed. Another piece of legislation the Governor vetoed on Friday would have called for renewal of the firearms ID card every four years and that would have fixed this.
"What New Jersey needs now and what the people want now overwhelmingly is commonsense gun reform. They want to reduce gun violence in New Jersey, not pandering to the NRA and the right-wing of the Republican Party."
Earlier this year, Senator Buono unveiled a series of proposals to reduce gun violence in New Jersey. The package centered on limiting magazine capacity, ensuring background checks on all firearm purchases, and requiring all ammunition sales occur in person.