TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie is backing the recommendations of a firearms study commission he created.
The plan calls for the New Jersey state attorney general to have police departments establish uniform criteria for processing gun applications in the state.
The New Jersey Firearm Purchase and Permitting Study Commission released its 25-page report Monday. Christie says that the Garden State’s strict gun laws gave rise to complicated and unfair regulations.
The panel was created after Berlin resident Carol Bowne was stabbed to death, apparently by an ex-boyfriend who later killed himself after her firearm permit application was delayed beyond the statutory limit.
The other recommendations included clarifying the legal requirement for residents to show "justifiable need" to get a permit.
The governor created the panel by executive order in June before launching his presidential campaign.
Gun safety groups slammed Christie’s recommendations and say that he is pandering to his presidential campaign.
The group “Heeding God’s Call” says that loosening New Jersey’s gun laws will make them less effective and make New Jersey less safe.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.