Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) issued the following statement today regarding the governor’s veto of legislation that would have reduced the magazine capacity of firearms to ten rounds:
“The governor is constantly putting off real solutions to our state’s problems in exchange for soundbites. He’s done it with the pension system, he’s done it to the victims of Superstorm Sandy, and now he is doing it on gun violence.
“The governor’s suggestions are no substitute for real action, no matter what kind of rhetoric he chooses to use in his press releases. If, as his office indicated, he really wanted to do something about guns and mental health, he would have signed the bill I sponsored last year creating a system of instant background checks for firearms purchases. It would have made New Jersey a national model and been a real solution to the problem. But when the bill got to his desk, he vetoed it, just as he has any bill that would provide help in the fight against gun violence.
“If the governor is serious about dealing with who purchases guns and how they purchase them, we will gladly work with him. But his track record of vetoing nearly every gun violence prevention measure, including bills he himself has called for, leaves one to wonder if he is in fact serious. This veto sounds like it was geared more for a national audience, rather than crafted for the streets of New Jersey.”