CURRIE STATEMENT ON ASSEMBLY REPUBLICANS' REFUSAL TO BACK COMMON SENSE GUN REFORM

(Trenton) -- Today, New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie expressed disappointment with Republican members of the State Assembly for their refusal to override Chris Christie's veto of common sense gun reforms, despite the fact that none of them opposed the legislation in June, when it was unanimously approved on a vote of 74-0.

"Just last month New Jersey voters rebuffed state Republicans for enabling Chris Christie's failures, so I am surprised that these legislators still refuse to stand up in support of their original positions. And after the recent mass shooting in California and at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, most people think enough is enough. When will these elected officials demonstrate the courage to stop the violence and protect our communities? The cost of their hypocrisy is simply too high." Chairman Currie said.

The legislation considered today, was requested by law enforcement officials, and would improve judges' ability to determine whether a prospective gun buyers' mental health records should be expunged expunged from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System -- a system that gun retailers must check for a record of previous psychiatric commitment before selling someone a firearm.

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