Christie Vetoes Gun Bill Supported by N.J. Republicans and Democrats

Christie Vetoes Gun Bill Supported by N.J. Republicans and Democrats

Christie Vetoes Gun Bill

Gov. Chris Christie on Monday rejected a bill that would have required people trying to erase their mental health records so they can purchase a firearm to first notify state and local police.

The bill (S2360) had received overwhelming support from Democrats and Republicans in the state Legislature, with no lawmaker voting against it in either house.

Christie, who has noticeably tacked to the right on gun issues as he campaigns for president, told lawmakers in his conditional veto that he couldn't support "fragmented statues that add further confusion to an already cumbersome area of law."

Instead, the Republican governor sent back language to lawmakers that proposed sweeping changes to the state's mental health system.

The legislation proposed requiring anyone seeking to have their mental health records expunged to purchase a firearm to notify the State Police, their county prosecutor and their local police department when petitioning the court. Current gun laws prevent people with certain mental health histories from purchasing firearms.

Supporters of the bill criticized Christie's move to nix the proposal on Monday, describing it as a common sense gun measure.