New Jersey – -(Ammoland.com)- In an unprecedented (partial) victory the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) was awarded $101,626.59 for legal fees stemming from a lawsuit we filed against the State in 2011.
This is the first time in New Jersey history that the State had to write a check to a Second Amendment organization for legal fees, and living up to our reputation we will continue to fight until we receive a full victory!
This brings up the question why was this a partial victory?
In March of 2011 on behalf of the NJ2AS, Legislative Director Robert Barush and past NJ2AS President Frank Fiamingo filed an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request from the NJ State Police for a copy of the most recent version of the Firearm Investigative Guide. The NJSP denied the Society access to the guide on the grounds it was exempt due to being “investigative techniques or procedures” per N.J.A.C. 13:1E-3.2(a)(3).
This was the foundation of the lawsuit and at that point we retained attorney Richard Gutman who specializes in First Amendment and OPRA lawsuits. Since 2011 the case has been active and in 2015 the court partially sided in our favor by providing a redacted version of the guide and awarded the NJ2AS court costs and reduced attorney fees which was $101,626.59.
We appealed that decision and will be fighting for the remaining attorney fees as well as the full version of the Firearm Investigative Manual!
However, the State decided to pay the awarded attorney fees immediately to prevent paying interest on the award since we appealed it.
We are not stopping here, however, we need your help! The NJ2AS is solely funded by membership dues, donations, and sponsors. Please help defend your rights by visiting: http://www.nj2as.com/donate1/
Unlike the anti-gun unAmericans who are funded by billionaires like Michael Bloomerg, we need your help to keep pushing forward and use this momentum to file several more lawsuits we are working on. I hope we can count on you to make that a reality,,, I promise we will not disappoint you!
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