Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Friday vetoed a ban on .50-caliber rifles that was vigorously opposed by firearms rights advocates and gutted a proposal overhauling the state's gun permit law.
Christie said the permit changes adopted by lawmakers were impractical because they rely on technology that hasn't been developed.
"None of the technology necessary for this system exists. ... the smartcard called for by this bill cannot be implemented now or any time in the foreseeable future," Christie said in his conditional veto message.
The centerpiece of the bill, sponsored by Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney, linked firearms purchases and law enforcement records into a digital smartcard maintained by the state police, Motor Vehicle Commission, mental health facilities and ammunition retailers.
Sweeney, in a statement, called the bill "well-crafted" and said it would have been a model for the nation.