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Chris Christie's Position on Guns Changed Over Time

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By    |   Friday, 10 Mar 2017 01:18 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's position on firearm rights has transformed during his political career, most recently with his administration's decision to reverse a 1924 gun regulation, NJ.com. reports.

"The issue which has energized me to get into this race is the recent attempt by certain Republican legislators to repeal New Jersey's ban on assault weapons," Christie said upon announcing his candidacy in 1993 for state Senate. ''In today's society, no one needs a semi-automatic assault weapon."

He lost the election, but ran for state Assembly in 1995. At that time, he called a plan to legalize assault rifles "crazy," and saying his GOP primary opponents behind the idea "must be stopped." He would lose that election as well.

Over a decade later in 2009, Christie faced an attack from former Gov. Jon Corzine, who said Christie "stands with the NRA" in an ad during the gubernatorial campaign. Christie called Corzine's claim "a lie."

Later that year, Christie came out against a federal law that would have allowed any U.S. citizen with a valid permit to carry a gun in their home state the right to carry it in any other, regardless of that state's laws. Although he said his issue was based on state's rights and not the intention of the law, he later said on Fox News that year, "I favor some of the gun control measures we have in New Jersey."

In 2013, Christie would join the NRA in attacking then-President Barack Obama for advocating for gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, reasoning that it was hypocritical since Obama's children have armed guards.

"To talk about the president's children or any public officers children who have, not by their own choice, but by requirement, to have protection, to use that somehow to try to make a political point I think is reprehensible," Christie said during a press conference in January.

As governor of New Jersey that year, Christie would veto his own proposal to ban the .50 caliber assault rifle citing its lack of use by criminals in the state, and sign a bill banning those on the "no-fly" list from purchasing firearms.

Then, in 2014 he decided not to have his appointed attorney general defend the state's "justifiable need" requirement for buying a gun before the state Supreme Court, leaving it the the Monmouth Country prosecutor.

In 2015 he began blaming Democrats for his record on guns, saying, "send me a Republican legislature and… you'll have a governor who will respect appropriately the rights of law-abiding citizens to be able to protect themselves."

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's position on firearm rights has transformed during his political career, most recently with his administration s decision to reverse a 1924 gun regulation, NJ.com. reports.
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