Gov. Christie Takes Executive Action Speeding Up Government Approval to Own a Gun

Chris Christie
Gov. Christie Takes Executive Action Speeding Up Government Approval to Own a Gun
New Jersey
New Jesery

Trenton, New Jersey – -(Ammoland.com)- On June 29 2015, Governor Chris Christie issued the following press release concerning self-defense and gun rights:

Acting on his commitment to ensure a fair application of the state's gun laws that respects individual rights to possess firearms and that also protects public safety, Governor Christie today took action to make commonsense changes to New Jersey's gun regulations that ensure victims of domestic violence or violent crime, or those living under a direct or material threat, have their firearms applications processed quickly and without delay.

The Governor announced that the Attorney General will file a regulatory change that will ensure expedited, priority firearm application processing for victims of domestic violence, violent crimes, or those who have a demonstrable threat against them, including those who are seeking to obtain or carry firearms for self – protection.

“I have always said that when there are sensible changes to improve our laws and the fair administration of justice, I will take action, and that is what I am doing today. The Constitution grants and our courts have affirmed the individual right to bear arms as a fundamental right, and that is all the more important for those who are victims of violence or under threat,” said Governor Christie.

“This commonsense step will protect the rights of victims and people at risk of violent acts by giving them priority, while ensuring the core protections of the permitting process remain fully in effect.”

Carol Bowne
Carol Bowne, Murdered

The Governor has spoken out about the tragic murder of Carol Bowne, a Camden County resident, by her ex-boyfriend earlier this month. Bowne secured a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend and filed an application for a handgun permit in April. Less than two months later, and with her application delayed beyond the 30 – day statutory deadline for its processing, she was stabbed to death in her front yard by her ex-boyfriend.

Under the changes proposed by the Governor today, such an application would be reviewed and processed for approval or rejection on an expedited, 14 – day basis, if possible, if either of the following circumstances exist :

  • That the applicant has been the victim of violence or threatened with violence or a deadly weapon and there is a substantial likelihood of another such incident in the foreseeable future.
  • The applicant is living under a demonstrable threat, vis – à – vis court – ordered protection in the form of a restraining order or some other condition imposed by the court, restraining another person from contact with the applicant where there is a substantial likelihood that the applicant will be the victim of violence or threatened with a deadly weapon in the foreseeable future .

In addition, if either of the above circumstances exist, the new regulation would provide for the same expedited and priority processing for a permit to carry application, and would be deemed to meet the “justifiable need” standard required for a permit to carry a firearm to be issued. Apart from the submission of the new regulation, Governor Christie also signed Executive Order No. 180, creating the New Jersey Firearm Purchase and Permitting Study Commission, with the specific task of reviewing the state’s laws, regulations and procedures pertaining to the ownership and possession of firearms and ensuring they do not infringe on New Jerseyans’ constitutional rights.

Based on its findings, the Study Commission will recommend any appropriate modifications to the existing licensing process.

In the coming days and weeks, Governor Christie will name three members with experience in law enforcement and/or criminal law to serve as the Study Commission’s membership. Upon being named and meeting, the Commission will report back to the Governor within 90 days on its findings and recommendations

10 thoughts on “Gov. Christie Takes Executive Action Speeding Up Government Approval to Own a Gun

  1. More political BS. You shouldn’t have to be a victim before you can buy a gun. The background check, paper work and transfer of a firearm takes an hour or less. Why can’t the NJ police work at the same speed instead of 14 days?

  2. The real problem is having to get local government permission if you can fill out a Federal 4473 and pass the FBI NCIC check.

  3. 1) Not to worry – he won’t become the GOP nominee.
    2) So if I want a gun carry permit in his NJ I have 2 choices either wait for months (and maybe get one), or prove that I am a victim of violence, currently in fear for my life.
    Apparently, just living in some high crime area of NJ isn’t good enough. If he’s going to be issuing EOs, maybe he ought to just issue one to enforce his own state’s requirement that these applications be process within 30 days – that’s the LAW there. Or maybe he should just fire the incompetent state employees who don’t conform to the state requirements , hmmmnnn?

  4. A tiny step that will probably not be effective as the gun haters will find ways to work around it. If the governor was really interested in doing something real he would repeal the draconian laws that NJ is saddled with So far he isn’t a the 2’nd amendment person I am looking for

  5. So, he makes a small change after someone loses their life. Prior to this he has done nothing to stop his state from stomping on the Second Amendment. He blames the democratic senate of his state, yet vetoed nothing that they sent him. He is a true hypocrite and I hope the masses see as such and drop him like a hot rock.

  6. Just to set the record straight, he has vetoed ALL anti-gun legislation that has come across his desk, in a state run by anti-gun DEMOCRATS. Christie is much better than ANY DEMOCRAT in the race…so if he becomes the nominee, just sit on your ass, don’t vote, on principle, and let Hillary win…that’ll show ’em.

  7. That fat excrescence is trying to curry favor with gunnies in order to garner votes. Don’t believe the RINO – he is just a lighter but heavier version of Sheikh Hussein.

  8. A little late there zippy, just a vain attempt at trying to become the new president (not much better than obungle.

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