New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill Thursday would limit the size of ammunition magazines, criticizing the proposed measure as an ineffective approach to reducing gun violence.
"This is the very embodiment of reform in name only," Christie said.
"It simply defies common sense to believe that imposing a new and entirely arbitrary number of bullets that can be lawfully loaded into a firearm will somehow eradicate, or even reduce, future instances of mass violence. Nor is it sufficient to claim that a ten-round capacity might spare an eleventh victim ... I will not support such a trivial approach to the sanctity of human life, because this is not governing. Governing is confronting problems."
The problem Christie wishes to confront is changes to the state's mental health system. Christie rewrote A2006, completely removing language that would limit the permitted size of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10, and expanding standards for involuntary commitment of citizens with mental health issues who are not dangerous "but whose mental illness, if untreated, could deteriorate to the point of harm." Christie promised to sign A2006 if it passed the state legislature with his new language.
Parents of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings were at the statehouse Thursday, with the signatures of 55,000 New Jerseyans supporting A2006 as it was originally passed.