NRA Backs Legal Effort to Protect 2nd Amendment Right in NJ

Will Submit Amicus Brief in John M. Drake, et. al. v. Edward A. Jerejian, et. al.


Charlotte, NC –-( The National Rifle Association announced today that it intends to file an amicus brief in a case that would help protect the rights of New Jersey’s law-abiding gun owners to carry handguns outside of their homes for self-defense.

“Law-abiding citizens have a constitutional right to defend themselves beyond their front doorstep,” said Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

“New Jersey law unconstitutionally forces lawful gun owners to prove ‘justifiable need’ in order to carry a handgun for self-defense, showing specific threats, or prior attacks. This is absurd. Our fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms is not limited to the home.”

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: Be sure to follow the NRA on Facebook at and on Twitter @NRA.

  • 11 thoughts on “NRA Backs Legal Effort to Protect 2nd Amendment Right in NJ

    1. The NRA, in its Opening Brief to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Peruta v. San Diego not only argued to uphold the Loaded Open Carry ban it endorsed back in 1967 but “warned” the court that if the 1967 ban on Loaded Open Carry were overturned then:

      “such a ruling may place in jeopardy the lawfulness of Cal. Pen § 626.9 (Gun Free School Zone Act, banning open carry within 1000 feet of a school facility), a far more drastic result than granting Plaintiffs the relief they seek.”

      And so, not only does the NRA oppose Open Carry it supports California’s Gun Free School Zone Act of 1995 which is far more restrictive than the Federal Act of that year.

      The NRA is the nation’s largest gun-control organization. Supporting gun-control is not unique to the NRA. All of the major so called gun-rights organization support gun control laws.

    2. shall not be infringed Charles. Just because a court changed the ruling of the 2nd amendment doesn’t make the ruling correct. All of these rulings that have changed the second amendment are progressive, ending up with no firearms.

    3. NEw Jersey is terrible as far as our gun rights are concerned’ I know. I used to live there. I am proud of the NRA in fighting these corrupt politicians, and trying to hellp law abiding gun owners, and get easier access to concealed carry rights.

    4. i am glad to see my membership and money with NRA are going to help protect the 2nd amendment from these corrupt politicians and the obama crooks. we the people must stand together to take back our country and our freedoms.


      “[A] right to carry arms openly: “This is the right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, and which is calculated to incite men to a manly and noble defence of themselves, if necessary, and of their country, without any tendency to secret advantages and unmanly assassinations.”” District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S. Ct. 2783 – Supreme Court (2008) at 2809.

      “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. From Blackstone through the 19th-century cases, commentators and courts routinely explained that the right was not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose. For example, the majority of the 19th-century courts to consider the question held that prohibitions on carrying concealed weapons were lawful under the Second Amendment or state analogues.” District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S. Ct. 2783 – Supreme Court (2008) at 2816.

    6. NJ is a will not issue state period! It’s a criminals paradise for murder, carjackings, and robbery. A recent tragic shopping mall carjacking resulted in the death of a young man who valiantly fought off his armed attacker with his bare hands to save his fiancee. This criminal, who has a lengthy criminal past, was released from jail several days before on burglary and resisting arrest charges. A judge lowered his bail from $50,000 to $20,000 with a cash 10 percent option of $2000. (Source NJ Star Ledger). This is one of MANY stories here in New Jersey. The police can’t protect us, the courts are overwhelmed and turn these criminals back out on the street. Law abiding citizens in NJ are afraid to apply for a Concealed Carry Permit because a question on the form to purchase a handgun asks “Have you ever had a firearms purchaser identification card, permit to purchase a handgun, permit to carry a handgun or any other firearms license or
      application refused or revoked in New Jersey or any other state?” You will be turned down for a permit to carry then you could be denied a permit to purchase a handgun. Thank You NRA for (taking aim) on our plight in New Jersey. I’m renewing my lapsed membership TODAY and I’m urging all gun owners to do the same!

    7. If you’re buying a gun solely to protect your domicile, anything beyond filling out the 4473 and passing the NICS check is an infringement of your rights.

    8. All well and good but I would prefer suing NJ over its purchase restrictions that make it so difficult to purchase firearms. It does no good to be able to carry a firearm if you find it so burdensome to buy one that you have effectively lost the right to even possess one, let alone carry it.

    9. I read the web page from your California Carry link, and it’s about a unloaded AND loaded open carry. A loaded open carry bill(without CCW) didn’t even pass in Utah last year. So I doubt it’s going to happen in CA. No mind for Utah, since most conceal permit holders here seem to want to remain concealed in public anyway. I just spent all day working on a system as a contractor at a software company in Utah with my concealed sidearm on the entire day. They were none the wiser, and that’s how I want it!

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