New Jersey governor vetoes bill requiring smart guns be sold

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed legislation to increase the sales of smart guns, which can be fired only by authorized users.

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Christie conditionally vetoed the measure Wednesday, meaning it will be sent back to the Legislature for more work. It would have required New Jersey gun retailers to keep an inventory of the weapons.

Christie rejected the legislation in January with a pocket veto. On Wednesday, the Republican said the measure was part of a Democratic effort to make New Jersey "inhospitable" to lawful gun ownership.

He also conditionally vetoed another bill requiring residents to show a "justifiable need" in order to obtain a firearm permit. Christie instead called for lawmakers to make it easier for residents to obtain a permit.