Leah Barkoukis

New Jersey has the second toughest gun laws in the nation—it’s one of seven states with an “assault-weapons ban,” one of three with a one-gun-a-month law and gun shows are not permitted. But on Friday when the nation was fixated on the events in Boston, Gov. Chris Christie was pushing for even more gun control.  

The governor is embracing many of the recommendations put forth by the task force on gun violence he created in the wake of the Newtown massacre and is also introducing some measures of his own:

The proposal calls for expanding government-funded mental health treatment, requiring parental sign-off before minors can buy or rent violent video games and mandating would-be gun owners show government-issued IDs.

The New Jersey governor also recommended banning the sale of Barrett .50-caliber semi-automatic sniper rifles. But his plan doesn’t address classroom security or propose limits on magazine capacity.

The mental health aspect is a slippery slope, however. Jazz Shaw over at Hot Air weighs in:

The mental health angle, more vulnerable to abuse than all the rest, is precisely the one that Cuomo used in NY to begin scouring the medical records of people who were prescribed anxiety or depression medicine and sending out the troops to confiscate their weapons. One would think that Christie would have the sense and the political survival skills to look at this particular pond much more closely before diving in.

Christie 2016? Hmm…


Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Managing Editor at Townhall Magazine.

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