Gov. Christie vetoes smart gun and ‘justifiable need’ firearms bills

Gov. Christie vetoes  smart gun and 'justifiable need' firearms bills.

Gov. Christie vetoes smart gun and 'justifiable need' firearms bills. (8/24/16)

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie has conditionally vetoed legislation to increase the sales of so-called smart guns, as well as legislation for obtaining a firearms permit.

One of the measures would have required New Jersey gun retailers to keep an inventory smart guns, which can only be fired by authorized users.

Christie previously rejected the legislation in January with a pocket veto. The Republican governor said the measure was part of a Democratic effort to make New Jersey "inhospitable" to lawful gun ownership.

The other measure would have required residents to show a "justifiable need" in order to obtain a firearm permit. 

Christie instead called for lawmakers to make it easier for residents to obtain a permit. The governor's veto drew praise from the NRA and the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs.

The State Legislature still has to vote to accept the conditions imposed by Governor Christie's Vetoes. 

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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