Tougher Gun Control in New Jersey
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Tougher Gun Control in New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie presented gun control and crime prevention measures that are as comprehensive as they are ambitious. He admits that it is impossible to prevent all violence in the society, but it is for government to question, scrutinize and demand more in addressing the problem.

The plan includes expanding the state gun control laws and government-funded mental health treatment, which would make more difficult for children to buy or rent violent video games, require that firearm purchasers to present valid government-issued photo IDs together with the already mandatory Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and boost penalties for gun-related crimes. “It’s hard for me to sit here today and say, ‘If all these things got imposed we’d see an ‘X’ percentage drop in gin violence in this state.’ I don’t know,” said Christie. “Bad people are going to do bad things and so, would greater penalties deter people? You hope they do.” In the aftermath of the Newton massacre, Gov. Christie talked about finding and treating the root causes of violence. Besides changing standards in treating mental illnesses and limiting kid’s access to violent video games, his suggestions included increasing penalties for gun related crimes.

In a series of bills Christie wants to strengthen criminal penalties for activities such as selling firearms to convicted criminals, possessing a firearm with the intent to unlawfully transfer, hiring a “straw purchaser,” unlawfully possessing ammunition and engaging in firearms trafficking. Aside from this, Governor Christie is pleading to reform bail laws for gun-related crimes by restricting the release on bail for aggravated firearms offenses and increasing bail requirements for aggravated firearms crimes.

Despite already most repressive gun laws in the States, the New Jersey governor Chris Christie is expanding them to include even guns and calibers almost never used in crimes, like the Barret .50 cal, used in hi-power precision rifles and heavy AA machine-guns.
The Barret .50 is extremely popular among the sportsmen who practice long range marksmanship. However, the ammunition cost of $5 a round makes it less popular with lower-end and ordinary gun owners.

Christie is known for the passionate presentation of his views, such as the one in One-On-One on abc:

Will these measures reduce gun crime? Christie said, “I don’t know.” He added, “Bad people are going to do bad things and so, would greater penalties deter people? You hope they do.”

April 22, 2013
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