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Greenwich, CT | Added on July 22, 2014 At 02:46 PM

A visit from New Jersey governor Chris Christie brought protesters to the Belle Haven section of Greenwich. The hundreds of protestors were there to show their disapproval of Christie vetoing a law that would reduce the legal capacity of ammunition magazines  from 15 to 10. 

"Not only did he veto it, he said that he thought that was a trivial approach to protecting the sanctity of life," said Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence volunteer Jonathan Perole. 

The protestors, organized by Connecticut Against Gun Violence and the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence, do not agree. 

"There are actually demonstrated cases where had the shooter had fewer bullets in his magazine, then people's lives would have been saved. One particular example is the Tucson, Arizona shootings where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was severely injured. The thirteenth bullet killed a young girl," said Perole. 

Across the street, gun advocates supporting Christie protested for their liberties and rights. 

"I'm against gun violence. Violence with guns or no guns is terrible. But, I'm also for my liberty, and if I encounter violence, I might want to be able to use my guns," said Greenwich resident Dan McInerney. 

Christie was in Greenwich to support republican Tom Foley's campaign for governor. 

"The most important thing Tom Foley has said about gun safety in Connecticut is if he is elected governor, no more regulations or legislation effecting gun owners would be passed," said Perole. 

"I worked on this issue at a federal level with the Department of Homeland Security. We worked on executing a series of executive actions that the President released after the tragic Newtown shooting. The work really needs to get done at the state and local level. It's so inspiring to see all these people that traveled here from across the country today. It's them that are really going to help make it happen," said State Representative candidate Caroline Simmons (D-144). 

Foley is the endorsed Republican candidate for governor and will face Senate Minority Leader John McKinney in a Republican primary on August 12. 

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