New Jersey –-(Ammoland.com)- On Tuesday, October 1, 2013, the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) filed a “friend of the Court” brief in a State Supreme Court appeal challenging New Jersey's “justifiable need” requirement to obtain a Permit to Carry a Handgun.
The Plaintiff, Richard Pantano, is being represented by Evan Nappen, noted civil rights attorney and close friend and supporter of NJ2AS.
“The Pantano case affects all gun owners,” said Frank Fiamingo, President of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society.
“The New Jersey Permit to carry a handgun is misnamed. It is actually a permit to possess a handgun outside of the home for any lawful purpose, not just for self-defense. The ability to carry a handgun for self-defense is extremely important, but no less important than the right to possess your legally owned handguns while traveling. Brian Aitken and Gregory Revell are examples of innocent people who fell victim to NJ's ban on handgun possession outside the home. It is essential that the Court takes into consideration that mere lawful possession should not be a crime. We filed this brief to ensure that the Court takes into account this critical distinction. Too many innocent people have been harmed by NJ's over-restrictive definition of justifiable need. It has to stop.”
NJ2AS attorney, Capricci Bilandal was the lead attorney on the brief with significant contributions made by Second Amendment Foundation attorney, David Jensen, including an exhaustive explanation of the legislative history of the “justifiable need” clause. We are very proud of the cooperative effort made by both attorneys and appreciate their hard work to successfully complete the project under a strict deadline. The brief can be read here.
NJ2AS was recently recognized by NJ Today as NJ's number one gun rights advocacy organization. We pledge to continue our efforts to restore and protect the rights of gun owners in NJ and educate the public on these important issues.
New Jersey Second Amendment Society – Our mission is to promote the free exercise of Second Amendment rights within the community and Legislature of New Jersey, to educate the community regarding the enjoyable, safe, and responsible use of firearms, and to engender a sense of camaraderie and fellowship among the members and their families. Visit: www.nj2as.com