Speaker Prieto to Bramnick: Mental Health/Gun Safety Veto Override Stands Alone

Notes Bramnick-sponsored Bill Passed 74-0 Before Christie Veto
“This bill is about common sense and public safety. Those who attempt to make it about something else will be embarrassed and show themselves to be truly out-of-touch with New Jersey.”

(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen) released the following statement Monday after Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick said he isn’t willing to unconditionally support an override of Gov. Christie’s veto of legislation (S-2360/A-3593) Bramnick himself sponsored to require local law enforcement be notified before the expungement of mental health records of prospective gun buyers.
Speaker Prieto said he expects the override vote to take place on Dec. 3.

“Asm. Bramnick has been spinning so much for Gov. Christie’s failed policies that he’s become dizzy and light-headed. I don’t know how else to explain why he wouldn’t continue to unconditionally support his very own bill.
“If the Republican leader thinks this common sense bill to protect public safety will become part of some sort of deal making, then he’s going to be disappointed.
“Let me make this very clear – this bill stands alone.
“This isn’t about politics.
“The Administrative Office of the Courts asked for the legislation.
“With Asm. Bramnick as a lead author, the Assembly approved it 74-0.
“This is not a narrow bill. Asm. Bramnick was concerned enough that law enforcement officials are not involved in whether a mental health record of a prospective firearms purchaser should be expunged to sponsor a bill to fix it. He was concerned and supportive then; he should be concerned and supportive now. Without condition.
“This bill is about common sense and public safety. Those who attempt to make it about something else will be embarrassed and show themselves to be truly out-of-touch with New Jersey. For the sake of our state, I hope that doesn’t happen.”