New Jersey Continues To Trash Second Amendment In Right To Carry Lawsuit

New Jersey Continues To Trash Second Amendment In Right To Carry Lawsuit
NJ Attorney General Argues That The Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms Does Not Apply Outside the Home and
That the Public Needs to be Protected From Those Legally Carrying

Second Amendment Foundation
Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA –-( On March 16, the New Jersey Attorney General filed its final lower court response in the recently-filed lawsuit challenging New Jersey’s extreme and subjective handgun carry laws.

As in its previous papers, the Attorney General again trashed the Second Amendment, arguing that the right to bear arms does not apply outside the home, and that New Jersey’s carry laws are constitutional and necessary to protect the public from those who legally carry firearms.

The federal lawsuit, filed in November of last year by Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, the Second Amendment Foundation, and six individual plaintiffs, challenges New Jersey’s unconstitutional “justifiable need” standard for issuance of handgun carry permits – a nearly impossible standard to meet that has all but eliminated the right to self defense with a firearm in the Garden State.

“It is now crystal clear that the State of New Jersey has no intention of ever respecting the right to defend yourself with a firearm outside the home, and will have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into compliance with the Heller and McDonald decisions,” said ANJRPC President Scott Bach.

“With this lawsuit, we intend to do just that, even if we have to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Bach.

SAF founder Alan Gottlieb added, “ With the help of our members and supporters we will fund this legal action all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court just like we did with McDonald vs. Chicago. This case will impact states all across the country.”

The case is now submitted for consideration by a U.S. District Court Judge, who could rule as early as September. Appeals are anticipated regardless of the decision.

SAF will keep you apprised of major case developments as they occur. Please watch for future alerts.

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The Second Amendment Foundation ( is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. SAF has previously funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, CT; and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners, a lawsuit against the cities suing gun makers and an amicus brief and fund for the Emerson case holding the Second Amendment as an individual right.

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Notice how the gun lobby doesn't go after the requirement to get a permit or license to exercise a right, but challenge how they are issued…Very interesting, considering that a right within the Federal Bill of Rights can not be licensed and ALREADY settled case law….Murdock v. Penn 319 U.S. 105 (1943) "It is contended, however, that the fact that the license tax can suppress or control this activity is unimportant [319 U.S. 105, 113]  if it does not do so. But that is to disregard the nature of this tax. It is a license tax – a flat tax… Read more »


Where in the Text of the 2nd Amendment does it mention your home?


The second amendment was written as a Commanding prohibition over the Entry and Encroachment upon the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and the Prohibition Applied to the States, Local and Federal government.

Every public official takes an oath of office and yet sadly many don’t take that oath seriously.


The feds only say that when it suits them…..remember when the federal national concealed carry went through the circuit last time? Remember all the cries of states rights?

joseph cronin

Since the FEDS contend that Federal takes precident over state law ; it seems as though this judge is wasting our time and resouces . Let's impeach this jerk and get on with our constitutioal lives . Enough nonsence from this bureaucratic egotist .