Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, August 9, 2013
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law Thursday ten gun control bills in a move that is likely to annoy the conservative base of the Republican party and his potential chances at a presidential bid in 2016.
The kicker, however, is that the bills signed into law aren’t as controversial as those in say Connecticut orColorado. Among them was a measure to disqualify any person on the federal terrorist watch list from obtaining firearms identification cards or permits to purchase handguns in the Garden State – which prides itself for having the second-toughest gun control laws in the nation. Another one requires that certain mental health records be sent to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
“These commonsense measures will both strengthen New Jersey’s already tough gun laws and upgrade penalties for those who commit gun crimes and violate gun trafficking laws,” Christie said in a statement. “As elected leaders, our first duty is to maintain public safety, and these new laws will help reduce gun violence and keep our streets and communities safer.”
Five other bills deemed to be more controversial – including one that would ban certain .50-caliber guns – are still sitting on the governor’s desk awaiting either a signature or a veto.
Below are the ten bills signed into law by Christie Thursday.