Skip to comments.New Christie Vetoes Call for Shall-Issue Right to Carry & Clean Repeal of Smart Gun Mandate
Posted on 08/24/2016 12:57:32 PM PDT by NewJerseyJoe
Vetoes Propose Deleting Justifiable Need As a Carry Permit Requirement, and Clean Repeal of the Smart Gun Law Mandate with No Strings Attached!
Conditional Veto Format Would Allow the Legislature To Accept Governor Christies Conditions and Immediately Implement Them
Please Tell Legislators to Accept Governor Christies Conditions!
Wednesday August 24, 2016:
In a blockbuster announcement today, Governor Christie conditionally vetoed two pieces of anti-gun legislation (A3689 and S816), imposing dramatic conditions that would change them into pro-gun measures establishing shall-issue right-to-carry and repealing New Jerseys 2002 smart gun law mandate with no strings attached.
Copies of the vetoes are available here and here.
The conditional veto procedure allows the governor to reject legislation that reaches his desk and propose a re-written version to the legislature. If the legislature concurs in the conditions imposed by the governor, then the measure as re-written becomes law immediately. Otherwise, the legislation dies.
Governor Christie has made a bold and defiant statement to the legislature in support of the Second Amendment, said ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach. Not only has he rejected their medieval schemes to block self-defense, but he has fired back in a way that forces them to choose squarely between citizen empowerment or victimization in the post-Orlando era of terror attacks on U.S. soil.
One inescapable truth is that government cannot protect you when evil strikes, continued Bach. The only solution is citizen empowerment, and it is the legal, moral and Constitutional imperative of government to facilitate and not block self-defense.
PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT EVERY MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATURE AND TELL THEM TO VOTE TO ACCEPT THE CONDITIONS IMPOSED BY GOVERNOR CHRISTIES CONDITIONAL VETOES OF A3689 AND S816, TO MAKE NEW JERSEY A SHALL-ISSUE CARRY STATE AND TO CLEANLY REPEAL THE 2002 SMART GUN LAW MANDATE.
A3689 DETAILED ANALYSIS (RIGHT TO CARRY)
This spring, the State Police promulgated new regulations on right to carry that were recommended by Governor Christie. The regulations would have allowed those facing serious threats to satisfy the near-impossible justifiable need standard to qualify for a carry permit an incremental improvement in right to carry.
Outraged by the new regulations, and distraught that more commoners might be able to protect themselves, anti-gun legislators (who themselves enjoy the armed protection of State House security) fast-tracked resolutions this spring to kill the new regulations before they were even formally adopted.
They invoked an obscure procedural trick in the state constitution allowing the legislature to invalidate regulations that conflict with legislative intent. But the legislature never expressed any intent as to what constitutes justifiable need it is undefined in the statute, and the current definition was first created by the courts, and then adopted imprecisely by the State Police in their administrative regulations. The new regulations now at issue seek to fix the original imprecision and make the regulations consistent with court opinion.
So it is highly debatable whether there is even a conflict with legislative intent that would allow the legislature to invoke the obscure constitutional procedure to invalidate the new regulations. Legislative leaders are aware of this, which is why they introduced A3689 to begin with its a stunt to fabricate legislative intent where none existed previously. It seeks to take the current imprecise administrative regulation defining and severely limiting justifiable need and cement it into state statute for all time. By doing so, the bill tries to retroactively install legislative intent into the statute. A3689 was sponsored by Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D6).
Governor Christies conditional veto of A3689 rejects this attempt to freeze the definition of justifiable need for all time, and instead completely eliminates justifiable need as a requirement to obtain a carry permit in the first place! It would turn New Jersey into a shall-issue state, and Governor Christie specifically calls for New Jersey to become shall-issue making him the first governor in state history to both acknowledge and try to implement shall-issue carry!
Here is a key quote from Governor Christies veto message on A3689: For decades, law-abiding residents of New Jersey have had their Second Amendment right to self-protection burdened by gun laws that are among the most unreasonable in the country. . . . Rather than doubling down on the unreasonable requirements for law-abiding residents of New Jersey to obtain a concealed carry permit, I propose having New Jersey join the 42 other states that have adopted a shall-issue standard for approving such applications.
S816 DETAILED ANALYSIS (SMART GUNS)
New Jerseys 2002 smart gun law, when triggered, would become a ban on sale or transfer of every conventional handgun ever made. It mandates that only smart handguns can be purchased or sold once the state Attorney General determines that there is a viable smart gun for sale anywhere in the U.S.
The law backfired, because it tipped the hand of the national gun ban movement, revealing that they were going to use technology an excuse to ban conventional handguns nationwide as in New Jersey. That made the smart gun idea wildly unpopular among gun owners, and the technology has not significantly developed since.
Under national pressure to do something to remove this perceived impediment to the development of smart guns, State Senator Loretta Weinberg (D37) introduced S816 to supposedly repeal the smart gun law. Although the bill would remove the 2002 ban on conventional handguns, it is badly tainted because it swaps in a new mandate in its place, forcing every New Jersey firearms dealer to stock and display smart guns for sale essentially compelling market acceptance of the technology instead of letting the free market decide. The effort to coerce smart guns onto the market by bullying dealers suggests that politicians will be back with their ban on all conventional handguns soon after an artificial market for the new and unproven technology is created. The legislation would also create a new politically-controlled commission to approve smart guns for sale, eliminating the more neutral and objective state Attorney General from that decision.
For additional background, see Scott Bachs editorial in The Record, and this detailed ANJRPC alert on the subject from late last year.
Governor Christies conditional veto of S816 would remove the new dealer mandate, eliminate the politically-controlled commission, and turn the legislation into what it should have been in the first place a clean and simple repeal of the mandate / handgun ban from the 2002 smart gun law.
PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT EVERY MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATURE AND TELL THEM TO VOTE TO ACCEPT THE CONDITIONS IMPOSED BY GOVERNOR CHRISTIES VETOES OF A3689 AND S816, TO MAKE NEW JERSEY A SHALL-ISSUE CARRY STATE AND TO CLEANLY REPEAL THE 2002 SMART GUN LAW MANDATE.
Perhaps he got chastised during Primary by the RKBA crowd? You go Christie!
Chris Christie - New Jersey’s Baron Harkonnen
It’s about time! Now we can lay the blame where it belongs, on the left wing legislators when they override his conditional veto.
He wants to work for Trump, so he’s pro gun now. Very good tell that Trump means what he says!
Christie has been on a roll in the state lately. Unlike past GOP give its who went left on their way out, he seems to be doing the opposite and taking on the legislature.
Blind squirrel and all that ...
Sounds like that fat rino is trying to position himself to run for president again. Good for him if the law actually helps, but the cynic in me says it is all for optics.
Yup. I think the entire Trump family leaned on the chubby one. ;-)
We’ll see. Sometimes peoples’ positions evolve for good reason.
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