Christie Vetoes Gun Bill That Would Have Protected Domestic Violence Victims
You can’t do anything to hurt the gun lobby when you’re running for president as a Republican.
Christie of New Jersey has conditionally vetoed a bill that would have banned those convicted of domestic violence and individuals subject to a domestic violence restraining order from owning a gun.
In his rejection message, Christie suggested harsher penalties for perpetrators of domestic violence and making it easier for victims to buy guns. “We should favor new and sensible improvements to our laws rather than restatements of existing protections,” Christie wrote, according to NJ.com.
Lawmakers who supported the bill were stunned by the veto. “The purpose of this bill is very clear, it just gives the courts the mechanism to ensure that those who are convicted of domestic violence, if they have firearms in the home, that those are taken away,” Democratic state Assemblywoman Gabriela M. Mosquera told The Huffington Post.