Buono denounces Christie gun bill veto

Following Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of three gun bills this August, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Barbara Buono joined Seton Hall shooting survivor Nakeisha Vanterpool and her mother Leslie at a press conference on gun violence in New Jersey.

Christie has faced criticism for vetoing the bills on a Friday evening at 6 p.m., perhaps the time of week when news media are least active and thus less likely to advertise such controversial action.

"On Friday evening, Chris Christie failed to lead," Buono said. "He chose the NRA and the conservative base over families here in New Jersey."
Buono emphasized her opposition to Christie’s veto of one particular bill to ban .50-caliber rifles in New Jersey.

In April, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., Christie called for legislation to ban the .50 caliber rifle. In August, Christie said he believed the Legislature’s version of the bill was overbroad.

Christie’s justification failed to satisfy Buono, however. She suggested that the Governor’s change of heart is tied to Christie’s meetings with several influential pro-gun conservatives over the four-month span. Buono said most New Jerseyans favor reform of gun laws and accused Christie of being “out of touch.”

"This is a weapon that doesn't belong in the hands of regular citizens," Buono said. "It has no legitimate use in civilian life. None whatsoever."

Buono expressed concerns about the assault rifles, noting that anyone holding a firearms identification card can purchase the weapon. Since the law does not require renewal of these cards, someone with a recent history of violence or mental illness can buy a .50-caliber rifle with an ID card acquired prior to such a history, Buono said.
Buono supported a bill to require a more comprehensive background check system. Gov. Christie vetoed that proposal as well.

"He's real tough until it comes to standing up to the NRA," Buono said. "It is utterly irresponsible and unbelievable that he would go this far."

Leslie Vanterpool agreed with Buono and said Christie’s veto means young people like her daughter will continue to be in danger.

“My daughter has to wait for the next [shooting]? Is that what Governor Christie’s trying to tell us?” she said. “I need to wait to get another phone call at 2 o’clock in the morning?”


Watch a Buono campaign video about the importance of Preventing Gun Violence here.

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Guntoter66 September 03, 2013 at 09:42 AM
BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. Same old story from the Gun-grabbers. Get some new material. BTW, you look so much like Nancy Pelosi, it's no wonder your're her clone.
Corruption in Parsippany? September 03, 2013 at 09:52 AM
What a bunch of BS. "Buono expressed concerns about the assault rifles, noting that anyone holding a firearms identification card can purchase the weapon. Since the law does not require renewal of these cards, someone with a recent history of violence or mental illness can buy a .50-caliber rifle with an ID card acquired prior to such a history, Buono said.". Except for the fact that here in NJ we have to pass the NICS check while purchasing any firearms. A recent history of violence or mental illness, or even being accused (not convicted or even indicated) of a crime will get you flagged on your NICS check. BTW- NJ only allows hunting with shotguns or black powder rifles. Most black powder rifles are .50 balls. Perhaps if the people who wrote some of these laws had any idea what they were writing about we could get somewhere.
Steve September 03, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Barbara who?
Beach_N8iv September 03, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Same old garbage from the Christiebots and the gun nuts. Fatso got his orders from the powers that will dump a truckload of money into his 2016 campaign and he had to obey, no choice. Gun violence? Why would he care?
c September 03, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Barbara Nobody Know Nothing. "Buono expressed concerns about the assault rifles, noting that anyone holding a firearms identification card can purchase the weapon." YEAH and $10,000! Just what the street thugs responsible for all the crime use. A #12 ga. shotgun slug is 70 caliber, Barbara- the dopey 50 cal. law would have banned deer hunting in NJ as that is what is used. There are one million gun owners in NJ- and not one will vote for Buono.
Keith September 03, 2013 at 12:09 PM
This just shows how out of touch Buono is to the real world. Banning .50-caliber rifles in New Jersey will do nothing since 50 caliber rifles are not used in gun crimes in New Jersey. It's typical liberal policy to takes small bites at a time untill nothing is left. That way their constituents don't realize it's happening until it's too late. "Common sense" gun laws should contain SOME common sense.
Francesca Miller September 03, 2013 at 12:31 PM
@ccrider, There are well over a million still suffering from hurrican Sandy (or superstorm Sandy) who wish Christie would stop looting from the relief fund for his own campaign purposes. Surely, we may not know or like Buono, but we are more likely vote for her due to Christie's arrogance. Remember folks, when questioned about the 25 million dollar cost (tax payers money) used to fund the ridiculous special election (which had a ridiculously poor turn out) in August he said "I don't care" Arrogance, you bet! If you want this in office, be my guest. He is using all of us, cc rider, and if you think this is the best person to represent you, go ahead and vote for him. I certainly know when someone is using me and my hard earned tax dollars to fund his own self interest. I will vote for Buono as should everyone at the shore. We need to make a statment shore residents. It may not change the outcome of the election, but it will reveal to folks( who have no idea about how we have been slighted.) Remember folks, he is a state worker too. He has been the most devious state worker I have ever seen. He has the nerve to villafy state workers! He has dipped into every pot available. Anyone else would have been fired and brought up on charges. Think before you vote this November.
Keith September 03, 2013 at 12:45 PM
I'm sure she would have done a much better job after the hurricane (sarcasm)
Steve September 03, 2013 at 12:50 PM
I'm curious what public worker union Francesca belongs to.
suz September 03, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Yeah, go ahead and vote for Buono and see how much better off you will be...oh, unless you are one of the Obama supporters who what everything for free from the government. Oh, by the way, where was she during Sandy?
Chief Wahoo September 03, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Boy it's going to be hard to vote for this loon. But if you care about sending a message, then it's the right thing to vote for her and then take a long hot shower.
Marge September 03, 2013 at 09:43 PM
@cc rider Do you wonder why Gov. Christie originally wanted to ban .50 cal rifles and changed his mind? Perhaps you are confused or want others to be. Although not a hunter, I can tell the difference between a shotgun and the following - http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=362528446#PIC which even the military does not use as standard issue in the infantry.
c September 04, 2013 at 06:46 AM
Marge- Why did he change his mind- what is your theory? He said it was too broad- and I agree. You are confused. One can buy a shotgun for $200. If you have $5000 to $10,000 you can get a 50 BMG if you pass two background checks (state and federal), for the FID card and two more for the actual purchase of any rifle or shotgun- in addition this check includes two mental health checks. So criminals and terrorists would flunk.- actually not bother The military doesn't not use the 50 cal as standard issue because it is single shot and too heavy to carry. They use the automatic 22 caliber AR type rifles. So your last sentence makes no sense or has nothing to do with this. So who does this law affect? I for one am not worried about someone with a 50 caliber rifle or one with the equivalent muzzle energy. This whole law and subject is ridiculous.
Kevin Martin September 04, 2013 at 06:48 AM
Because the criminals are using legal guns. Dolts.
Chris for Liberty September 04, 2013 at 06:58 AM
People are still missing the point. The purpose of each anti gun bill is to slowly disarm America. People continue to believe the lie that gun "control" will reduce crime. Does it not bother anyone that people can't figure out that criminals will always have access to most weapons they choose to use for a crime? If you understand, than why would you accept the lie that further unconstitutional regulation would change that? So, the goal of government can only be to remove guns from law abiding Americans. Further, it doesn't matter how you feel about owning or using a gun. All Americans should be deeply concerned that the Federal, and now some State governments, are eroding the rights of us all.
Pete September 04, 2013 at 08:38 AM
Governor Christie is protecting the CONSTITUTION -- that document which the "progressives" -- for which read "left-wing extremists" -- would love to see dismantled. Congratulations, Mr. Christie !!! I hope you run for President. Aside from which -- nobody's about to use a $5000, 4-foot-long, 30-pound target rifle to make an "emergency withdrawal" from the local convenience store.
joe raich September 04, 2013 at 09:18 AM
Too many guns, too many nut cases able to get guns, too many cities in NJ that are crime ridden whose growth and redevelopment retard recovery, housing availability strangle the urban experience, and its cancerous growth threatens to invade our beautiful suburbs. You blogging sickos need to wake up !!!
g September 04, 2013 at 09:49 AM
Under Adolf Hitler, Nazi Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945. There were 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated. ............................................. Obama keeps pushing for gun control. "I just want you to know that we are working on [gun control]. We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar,” President Obama told Sarah Brady, the former president of the Brady Campaign, this past spring. His push as been quiet but relentless. .............................................................................. Obama administration suffered another embarrassment. It was discovered that the Obama administration oversaw the sale of guns to Mexican drug gangs in its Fast & Furious program to bolster statistics of guns crossing over to the border to these very drug gangs. ......................................... This scandal is quite incredible as the Obama administration ordered gun dealers to make sales to Mexican drug gangs against their wishes to help the administration’s push for more gun control. And this follows the revelation in July that the Obama administration had pushed federal agents involved in the Fast & Furious scandal to support gun control regulations during their congressional testimony. ............................................................................................... It doesn’t help that the Obama administration started pushing these sales at the same time they wanted to bolster their case that America was supply illegal guns to Mexico backfired. All this undercut any justification for new regulations and destroyed any support that they might have had. ............................................................................. “If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.” - Joseph Stalin
Selene September 04, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Gun control of course is not the issue EVER. A few nut cases should not dictate the ability of the American people to arm themselves against it's corrupt government AND boys and girls our government is about as corrupt as it gets. Our leaders on the state and national level have been bought and sold by the super rich and the corporate giants who actually rule this land. Christie sucks and so does Obama. But please push past your partisan BS and realize that unless you start voting with some intelligence we'll never see the end of this corporate control. PEOPLE have to matter FIRST. Raise the minimum wage, rally for Medicaire/Medicaid to provide healthcare for the uninsured, oppose these BS anti-liberty Domestic Terror Laws that deem a person dangerous just because she opposes the "status quo"....there is so much dangerously wrong with this country and people like you look past it because you get caught up in the details instead of looking at the big picture. If you have to start somewhere, use the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Google it, print it, study it, then ask yourself what your government is doing to support human rights.
Francesca Miller September 04, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Chief, you are the only one who gets it.
c September 04, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Gets cluelessness?
Ruby2008 September 06, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Criminals do not give a damn about the controls that limit the law abiding citizen.
Francis Lehane September 06, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Bet that none of the anti Gun Liberals have never applied for a New Jersey Firearms ID Card. They are clueless to the lengthy and onerous procedures involved which include multiple verifiable character checks, Mental and medical record searches and fingerprinting for each purchase. Then they display dangerous ignorance confusing State driving privilege's with constitutional rights. If Christie had not vetoed this silly law and your drivers license gets stolen with your FID Card embossed on it the courts would be flooded with law suits against the idiot politicians who pushed this law.
Monica Dowling September 06, 2013 at 10:13 PM
I see these clueless idiots talking about hunting. The 2nd amendment says nothing about hunting. It gives power to the people to fight and kill the idiots who are taking away the rights and their income. When Ft Lee and NJ goes the way of Chicago those $ 100k Donut eating mall cops are not going to be around to protect you from the Obama savages. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed by Botox Buono or any idiot keystone cop with a tin badge from Ft Lee
L.ofgalloway September 18, 2013 at 01:26 PM
S. Bar September 18, 2013 at 02:51 PM
How many crimes in our state were committed in the past year with a .50 caliber? She has no idea what she is talking about but ignorant people with vote for her because it seems like she is doing something to stop the next shooting....which this won't! We need more programs for the mentally ill. Basic health plans barely cover anything for them. PS Francesca, if you live at the Shore you should not vote for Buono as her attention will be spent on urban areas of the state as she feels they need more and we need less. She is already proposing increased spending on urban education when they already get more than our school systems (TR, Brick, etc.)
John October 08, 2013 at 12:43 PM
Growing up in a state that is much more pro gun than NJ, I can guarantee the laws here are already strict enough. We don't need any more laws and it's to the point where it only burdens citizens.


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