N.J. Democrats seek to block Christie’s gun regulation change

New Jersey lawmakers have announced an effort to block Gov. Chris Christie’s change to state regulations to make it easier to get a gun permit.

Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, both Democrats, said Monday they are introducing a measure to halt the Republican governor’s recently announced changes.

The change would expand the “justifiable need” standard required under the state’s strict gun laws.

Greenwald and Weinberg say the expansion could result in too many residents qualifying for a permit to carry a firearm, and going beyond the intent lawmakers established under current law.

Christie’s change came after recommendations from a panel he created to look into the state’s gun laws.

His office didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.

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