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Chris Christie vetoes .50-caliber rifle ban

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Governor Chris Christie vetoed a ban on .50 caliber rifles, signaling strong support for competitive and recreational gun owners in his veto statement.

“The bill passed by the legislature seeks to ban a firearm that has reportedly never been used in a crime in New Jersey,” Christie said. “It imposes criminal liabilities on all current owners of these firearms, including those who believed that they had properly registered their guns with law enforcement.”

Christie signaled that the ban supported by the New Jersey legislature was useless in preventing gun violence.

“Tellingly, the Legislature points to no instance of this class of firearms being used by even a single criminal in New Jersey. The wide scope of this total ban, therefore, will not further public safety, but only interfere with lawful recreational pastimes,” he concluded.

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