Chris Christie changes position on gun control measures he once backed

Claude Brodesser-Akner for reports:

Gov. Chris Christie made another pivot away from the gun control policies he had advocated as New Jersey governor Friday.

On the heels of the shooting of four U.S. servicemen at a Chatanooga military recruitment center and nine churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., Christie was asked by a questioner at Chapanga’s Griddle & Grill for his position on assault weapons.

“We need an attorney general who’s going to understand that we don’t need to pass new laws,” said Christie, a 2016 Republican candidate for president. “We have plenty of laws on the books to stop this.”

Christie, who as governor had supported New Jersey bills that include an assault weapons sales ban in 2013, said he is now against any new federal gun legislation, which would include restoring an assault weapons ban that originally passed in 1994 and has since expired.

In April 2013, Christie proposed banning the sale of .50 caliber assault weapons in New Jersey. However, when the bill came to his desk in August 2013, Christie vetoed it, because, he said, the Legislature’s version would have also required owners of .50 caliber weapons to give them up.

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