TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney responded Friday afternoon to news Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed his centerpiece gun bill.
“While I and my staff are still in the process of reviewing the CV, this bill would have served as a model for the nation. It was a well crafted piece of legislation that took input from all sides. Frankly, it is just plain common sense to have the kinds of checks and technological implementation that this bill proposed. The legislation would in no way have denied a law abiding citizen from owning a firearm, but would have taken appropriate measures to prevent those who shouldn’t have a gun from getting one,” Sweeney said.
“The people of this state have demanded the kinds of basic, common sense gun reforms this legislation would have accomplished. Instant background checks, including a system that incorporates various mental health checks, and trying to prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands are not controversial issues. They are simply a matter of doing what is right and logical.”