Chris Christie Shouts Down Gun Rights Activist: ‘Give Me One Fact that Shows I’m Anti-Gun’

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vehemently defended his position on the Second Amendment Saturday while attending a town hall meeting in Iowa.

Christie, who is running for president, was asked about being the chief executive in a state that has an institutional hostility toward anyone who exercises their right to keep and bear arms. The point the audience member, who wasn’t identified but claimed to be a member of the Iowa Gun Owners organization, is that how can one claim to be pro-gun yet preside over the anti-gun cesspool known as New Jersey.

Christie, who is keenly aware of the fact that gun owners show up at the polls, was quick to clarify that he is not responsible for the gun laws in the Garden State, moreover that he’s vetoed bills that would have further restricted the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

“Come up with one fact that shows one thing I’ve done as governor in New Jersey that’s done anything, anything not to support the rights of legal gun owners,” said Christie before the crowd. “Don’t come in front of this group of people and lie about my record, which is what you did.”

The voter questioned Christie about bills to ban .50-caliber rifles, require government-issued IDs for all firearm purchases, establish a statewide registry of guns and gun owners, to which Christie said he opposed.

“I don’t know where you’re getting your information from, but your information is wrong,” Christie told the man.

The gun-rights advocate then asked Christie about pardoning Brain Fletcher, the North Carolina man who accidentally brought a firearm into New Jersey while responding to a work call for a power outage. Fletcher was arrested and now faces prison time for breaking the law.

“I’m not going to make that decision in 15 minutes nor should I. Nor should you want me to,” Christie said. “I see you shrugging your shoulders, why are you shrugging your shoulders about? You have your point of view, but have some facts about it.”

The man then asked Christie about an ad in 1995 that showed Christie criticizing an opponent for wanting to repeal New Jersey’s ban on “assault weapons.”

“If you haven’t changed your mind once in 20 years on any issue, then I’ll tell you, you’re not a thinking, breathing, living human being,” Christie fired back.

“If you want to debate me, come to the top 10, run for president and come to Cleveland on Aug. 6, and I’ll happily debate you,” he added.

Christie isn’t a tried and true pro-gunner, not by any means. He has a rocky relationship with the National Rifle Association, which snubbed him from speaking at the 2015 annual meetings and gave him a “C” grade before his reelection in 2013.

Based on his voting record, it might be fair to suggest that he is moderately pro-gun. But skeptics could argue that his recent voting record on the Second Amendment (vetoing gun control legislation) may have been a calculated move due to his presidential aspirations.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Walt Morris December 16, 2016, 10:00 am

    I don’t know for sure but I read somewhere that Cristy has run the most corrupt government in New Jersey ‘s history. If true that would be an amazing accomplishment. I would never trust him.

  • John July 28, 2015, 9:29 am

    If fatboy is such a Dudley Do Right, why didn’t he work to change the bad laws?

    • DRAINO July 28, 2015, 10:44 am

      Exactly! What has he done to change the anti-gun laws in his state? Hmmm??? Has he introduced bills to change the laws or tried to repeal those laws? While I liked what he had to say, I still think he would be the WRONG choice for president. He is very condescending when he speaks. Not a good characteristic of a presidential-hopeful. Even when frustrated, you need to keep control of your tone and mannerisms and keep a cool head. He could have said all that and done it in a much more mature manner, made his point, and looked more professional/presidential about it.

  • ron williamson July 27, 2015, 10:53 pm

    When the Illuminatii get that belligerent you know they’ve got something to hide.

  • Rhoderic Maas July 27, 2015, 12:51 pm

    Yup.. elect Christie and you will get a Near-York (near New York style) goomba “humiliate and slaughter tha f(s)Uckr” Demi God attack dog attorney balling you out to humiliate, bully and shame you so that you publicly “shut your hole” from here on out and never try to step to him in such a fashion again.. ever! I mean, don’t you know who I am and who the hell are you again? I mean, how dare you! East coast Italians.. put this guy in the White House your gonna get a measured public presentation for popular consumption but behind closed doors your gonna have a raging profane egomaniac living out the corleone wet dream. Pinky rings, bespoke suits and all..

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