New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a gun control bill that would have reduced the permitted size of ammunition magazines, saying it would do nothing to reduce gun violence, reports the Newark Star-Ledger. “This is the very embodiment of reform in name only,” he said. “It simply defies common sense to believe that imposing a new and entirely arbitrary number of bullets that can be lawfully loaded into a firearm will somehow eradicate, or even reduce, future instances of mass violence. Nor is it sufficient to claim that a ten-round capacity might spare an eleventh victim.”
The move came less than an hour after gun control advocates, including parents of two children killed in the Newtown, Ct., school shooting, dropped off at Christie’s office 55,000 signatures of people from around the U.S., including 10,000 from New Jersey, urging him to sign the measure. Christie suggested in its place several changes to the state's mental health system that he first proposed more than a year ago. The vetoed bill, passed by the legislature mostly along party lines in May, would have reduced the permitted size of ammunition magazines from 15 rounds to 10.