NJ Governor Chris Christie vetoes gun magazine reduction bill

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a gun control bill that would have decreased the maximum allowable size for an ammunition magazine from 15 to 10 rounds.

Parents of children who were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut visited the governor’s office on Wednesday.

They presented Christie with an online petition containing more than 55,000 signatures urging him to sign the bill into law.

In his veto message, Gov. Christie said a 10-round limit would not reduce gun violence and would also not spare the first nine victims in a massacre.

Christie is instead proposing amending a current mental health law.

He wants any person who has been committed to a mental health treatment facility be required to provide medical evidence to a court to obtain a firearms purchase permit.