New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie on Monday vetoed a bill that would have required domestic abusers, banned from possessing or buying guns, to sell them or turn in any gun they already own to law enforcement. Christie issued a conditional veto, sending the bill back to the legislature with the suggestion it would be better to instead make it easier for domestic violence victims to arm themselves.
No studies have ever shown that arming women decreases their risk of spousal abuse, and a survey of likely New Jersey voters found that 82 percent of respondents supported the legislation as initially proposed. Gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions asserts that Christie’s veto was the result of presidential politics. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence was harsher, condemning his decision as a product of “total disregard or ignorance” of the dynamics of domestic violence. Over half of all women killed by intimate partners between 2001 and 2012 were killed with a gun, and the presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely the woman will murdered by her abuser.
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