Gov. Chris Christie signed ten gun-related bills into law Thursday, including a measure disqualifying people on the federal terrorist watch list from being able to buy guns.
In a statement accompanying his signature, the Republican governor said he signed the measure because federal authorities take care to ensure the list’s accuracy. Some conservatives expressed concern that citizens will be put on the watch list mistakenly.
“I believe that federal elected officials must continue to ensure that federal law enforcement and intelligence gathering entities constantly strive to improve the levels of accuracy and reliability in terrorist screening databases,” Christie wrote.
“I urge Congress to take steps to ensure that law-abiding American citizens are never swept into these databases.”
Another bill requires that certain mental health records be sent to the instant background check system, and a third increases penalties for certain gun-trafficking crimes.
Christie said the measures will strengthen the state’s already tough gun laws and help keep communities safe.