Chris Christie has long believed in gun control and began his political career specifically to fight for it by his own words but he just reversed his position in time to for the New Hampshire primary.
When Sean Hannity questioned him on Wednesday about his gun stance which included an assault weapons ban in 1995 and opposition to concealed carry in ’09, Christie said, “Well, listen, in 1995, Sean, I was 32 years old and I’ve changed my mind. And the biggest reason that I changed my mind was my seven years as a federal prosecutor. What I learned in those seven years was that we were spending much too much time talking about gun laws against law-abiding citizens and not nearly enough time talking about enforcing the gun laws strongly against criminals.”
Christie at the time said assault weapons “must be stopped”.
In 1993 Christie said he was motivated to run for office by supporting—preserving—New Jersey’s assault weapons ban. His role as a federal prosecutor influenced his decision to be AGAINST guns.
Christie told the Star-Ledger in April 1993 that “The issue which has motivated me to get into this race is the recent attempt by certain Republican legislators to repeal New Jersey’s ban on assault weapons.”
He said he has grown up a bit since then.
His enlightenment and his growing up experience has been very recent.
The governor vetoed a bill to ban .50-caliber firearms, which are never used in crimes, even though he called for this same measure originally.
Mr. Christie signed into law 10 gun-control bills. Only one of these would have a positive effect on gun violence by requiring the state to submit mental health records to the FBI for the National Instant Background Checks System. Currently, New Jersey ranks 39th in the country in the number of mental health records the state submits — having sent just 17 records in 2011, the Washington Times reported.
He created a SAFE Task Force, which he followed up with a legislative agenda to “responsibly expand New Jersey’s strict gun-control measures.” Never mind that the state already had the second-most-restrictive gun laws in the country, according to the Brady Campaign.
Also in 2013, he banned people from owning guns if they were on the inaccurate no-fly list.
As Jeb Bush said, he has not shown courage on guns and as Rubio said, we need someone for president who has a long record of supporting the Second Amendment.