Bill requiring reporting of firearms data to interjurisdictional databases draws a CV

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a bill that would require law enforcement to report firearms information to interjurisdictional electronic databases.

In issuing a CV of A3797, Christie said that he recommended one change: The current bill calls for public disclosure of federal ballistics data (information that is already provided due to state law) which would be a direct violation of federal law, he said in a release.

“Signing this bill with this reporting requirement,  therefore, would unnecessarily place New Jersey into conflict with the superseding requirements of federal law, leading to wasteful litigation, inconsistent enforcement, and widespread uncertainty among the men and women who serve each day to protect all New Jerseyans from violence,” Christie said in his CV message.

“Without question, mandating the submission of crime gun and abandoned gun information is a laudable program that enhances efforts to combat gun trafficking. Equally clear is the need to make sure that our laws work in harmony with the requirements of federal standards. To ensure that result, I recommend this slight modification to this bill,” he said.

 

Bill requiring reporting of firearms data to interjurisdictional databases draws a CV