BELLEVUE, WA –-(Ammoland.com)- The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the appeal in the challenge to New Jersey's unconstitutional carry laws.
The right to self-defense is sacrosanct yet has been disparaged and denied to all but an elite few in states like New Jersey. Individuals and families should not be deprived of the right to defend themselves and we intend to change that. This is going to be a huge undertaking and we will need all of the support we can get! You Patriots continue to keep our doors open!
The case is Drake v. Jerejian. Prepared by attorneys Alan Gura (who won Second Amendment victories in the groundbreaking Heller and McDonald cases) and David Jensen, this petition is the latest effort to bring a right-to-carry case before the high court and is the next step in the process of resolving the differing opinions of lower courts on the right to bear arms for personal protection outside the home.
ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach said, “This case could resolve the right to carry issue not only for New Jersey, but for the entire nation. So far the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the issue in other cases, but this case may be different due to the extreme nature of New Jersey's law, which effectively denies law-abiding citizens their fundamental right to self-defense outside the home.”
“The petition is an exceptional piece of legal work that is well worth taking the time to read. It extensively documents the differing of opinions of lower courts throughout the nation that need to be reconciled, and observes: ‘The notion that carrying handguns outside the home is ‘conduct falling outside the scope of the Second Amendment's guarantee' simply cannot be squared with Heller…[H]istory, consensus, and simple common sense do not remotely support New Jersey's law, a relatively modern and intensely controversial regulation that exists in only a small handful of states'.”
It is time for the high court to clarify that the right to bear arms does not stop at someone's front door. What other constitutional right is confined to one's house? The Second Amendment was never meant to be encumbered with such a limitation, and it cannot possibly be interpreted that way, but it will take a Supreme Court ruling to convince lower courts and anti-gunners, and put this debate to rest.
Anytime the anti-gunners turn to our cities and states to try to push anti-gun legislation, SAF will be there to thwart their efforts in the courts. When the anti-gun crowd challenges conceal carry laws, magazine capacity laws, self-defense laws, when they want more gun-free zones, assault weapons bans, the Second Amendment Foundation will be there.
We must collect as much resources as possible to be ready to defend your gun rights in the courts from anti-gun laws coast to coast throughout 2014. Last year was a great success in protecting our Second Amendment Rights but it is a never ending fight we must be prepared for.
Thank you. I know I can count on you.
Alan M. Gottlieb
Second Amendment Foundation
P.S. Remember, the anti-gunners are raising tens of thousands of dollars to steal our rights from us — we need your support now to help stop them dead in their tracks!
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