NJ Governor Defies Anti-Gun Lawmakers on Carry Improvements

Chris Christie and Steve Sweeney
NJ Governor Defies Anti-Gun Lawmakers on Carry Improvements
Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs
Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs

New Jersey -(Ammoland.com)-This afternoon, Governor Christie announced that his administration has formally adopted his historic 2016 police regulations incrementally expanding right-to-carry to those facing serious threats, notwithstanding a series of procedural maneuvers by anti-gun lawmakers trying to kill those regulations since May of last year.

Outraged by even the slightest change empowering citizens to protect themselves, anti-gun lawmakers last year fast-tracked bills to kill the new regulations before they were even formally adopted. An obscure provision of the New Jersey Constitution allows the legislature to unilaterally invalidate regulations which conflict with legislative intent.

But the legislature has never expressed any intent over what precisely constitutes “justifiable need” to carry a handgun – that has been interpreted by the State Supreme Court, and the new Christie regulations are entirely consistent with that interpretation. Also, the legislature failed to comply with key technical requirements needed to invalidate the regulation, dooming their effort to failure.

“We applaud Governor Christie for adopting this new regulation despite the efforts of anti-gun lawmakers to kill it,” said ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach.

“The Right to Bear Arms necessarily includes the right to self-defense with a firearm outside the home. Although 43 states recognize that right, New Jersey remains one of a handful of backward states that apparently prefer their citizens to be victims – except for legislators, who themselves enjoy the armed protection of State House security details. New Jersey’s days denying right to carry to its citizens are numbered.”

Police owe no duty to protect individual citizens – a troubling doctrine repeatedly affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. That means citizens are on their own in an emergency, yet those wishing to take responsibility for their own safety are blocked from doing so by New Jersey’s absurdly and unconstitutionally restrictive carry law. In the era of increasing terror attacks, it is all the more important that citizens be empowered to defend themselves in an emergency. Governor Christie’s newly adopted regulations represent an incremental improvement, allowing those facing “serious threats” to qualify.

About Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs:  The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, Inc. is the official NRA State Association in New Jersey. Our mission is to implement all of the programs and activities at the state level that the NRA does at the national level. This mission includes the following: To support and defend the constitutional rights of the people to keep and bear arms. To take immediate action against any legislation at the local, state and federal level that would infringe upon these rights. Visit: www.anjrpc.org

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John cammarata

Tha state of New Jersey needs to pull their head out. I used to be a resident and move to New York to retire and. Oath myself and my wife both got our carry permits as we do have a lot of land with Large animals and my wife is a realtor who shows large property with all different people . We all have the the right to keep and bear arms! Have the Senators and the Congressmen/women do away with their armed body guards and see how they would react going about with a person that does not carry.… Read more »

Jim Macklin

Only a NJ resident could consider NY State a breath of freedom. NYC doesn’t even recognize a NYS CCW.
Maybe since at least 39 States issue carry licenses on application with only a limited and clearly stated disqualifiers, the residents of the 11 states and D.C. will revolt at the polls and demand their constitutional rights.
Soon Congress will pass National Reciprocity and the state prohibitions will be moot.


The fact that New Jersey was a one of the original 13 colonies that led the charge for freedom, is not lost on me. These anti-gun legislators are an insult to the memory of those brave people who fought and died for our liberty. Thomas Paine, writing to religious pacifists in 1775: “The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The… Read more »


Not nearly enough but I’ll give the Gov. credit for attempting to inject some common sense into our ludicrous “may issue” permit system.

JorgeNorberto Pedace



Wow. Did Christie finally grow a pair? This is a big step for him. (It still doesn’t make up for Frenching Obama after Sandy.)



“…don’t want to be bothered with having to remove or maintain their government officials?

Have you ever been to New Joisey? On election night, with less than 1% of the vote was counted, NJ went to Hitliary. But, even in this 10-1 environment there is still a good number of us fighting the good fight. Please see our 2-year CCW lawsuit at TPATH.org/SAPPA.

Jim Macklin

Christie is not perfect but he certainly is getting better every day. Since the NY Sullivan Law was written to promote crime by Tim Sullivan, a leader of the Irish Five Points Gang, it became the pattern for organized crime cities. You have to have a need and the government has unlimited discretion to deny or approve. In NYC, MAFIA hit men and women can get a permit, but rival gang members can be denied. Of course common citizens without millions for lawyer cannot get a NYC carry permit. NYC doesn’t recognize a NY State license, let alone a Kansas… Read more »

Gregory Romeu

I’m going to have to contact Michael Moore to do a movie about, “What if Washington decided to sit on his ass and wait for the British to hand him his FREEDOM and LIBERTY?

My family had over 80 relatives fight and many die in the Revolutionary War, many died in New Jersey, New York and Long Island. NOT to have you all wimp out and follow tyrants!

Like the meme that floats through the Internet says; “The 2nd Amendment: Washington didn’t use his right to free speech to defeat the British, he shot them!”

Gregory Romeu

Maybe one day you will bump into a MAN in new Jersey that has a set of testicles in his pants that will no longer stand the tyranny you guys live under? ALWAYS REMEMBER: The WORLD is watching what happens in states like yours, New York, Illinois, California, Oregon, Washington…. The world is wondering if any of these states have MEN in them that understand the sacrafices necessary to maintain LIBERTY and FREEDOM?


Two thousand of us staged a wintry protest/demonstration in Washington at the Capitol after the Bloomburg Bill was bought with out of state money and shoved down our throats. We stood outside in a light rain in December and declared WE WILL NOT COMPLY, passing rifles and handguns from one person to another, each of us often enough to have “committeed” at least half a dozen felonies (the first “transfer” is a misdemeanour….. second and later are felonies). Since then, two years ago, only ONE case “violating” this law has been prosecuted. And I know for a personal fact that… Read more »


No, that RAT Christie did NOT “pardon” those folks whom he should, by all rights, have pardoned. He merely commuted their sentences.. They ALL still have their felony conviction records, and are thus disarmed for life. He is, and remains, a rat. This small time gesture is merely a palliative move to attempt to curry some favour from the gun rights lot…. please, if you live in NJ, lok right through this rat and his scumball moves. Until he rises up, issues a FULL PARDON for those deveatated by NJ’s rotten laws, then refuses to enforce NJ’s stupid laws and… Read more »

Gregory Romeu

Obviously the sheeple of New Jersey and the other Six States are ignorant of their state’s constitution having a mechanism within for removal of corrupt officials that are otherwise infringing their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms? It’s either that or why they were maintaining their complacency their elected and appointed officials remove those powers from your state constitution thereby leaving the sheeple totally harmless to their elected or appointed Masters! It’s either that or the citizens are too busy watching The Walking Dead or some Housewives of New Jersey slut-show and don’t want to be bothered with… Read more »

Chuck w NJ2AS

Gregory, Why do you feel the need to demean those of us living in New Jersey? You appear to be both arrogant and ignorant and presume that no one is doing what you mentioned. In fact, we are but in a respectful and civilized way. It sounds like you expect us to storm the State House with torches and pitch forks and drive the government out. That’s not reality, but that doesn’t seem to be your locus. Many of us support our national and state organizations with time and money. We contact our legislators and make our arguments in a… Read more »

Bill N.

Chuck, it behooves me to remind people who live in NJ That they are masters of their own fate. It seems to me if the residents of NJ want gun freedom don’t you think it would be much more effective to vote out the anti gunners? If the residents don’t vote to remove the anti’s problem solved, they don’t care. Simple as that. You can lead a horse to water but you can’ make him (or her) drink. Oh, I forgot to mention I’m one of those in the basket of deplorables Hillary mentioned.


WOW! Bill, with your “Simple as that.” way of thinking, why don’t we just get rid of all the poor black people and then there would be no more ghettos, or here take this little red shovel to stop the raising tide. FYI: 80+% of NJ are screaming libs. We live in Ocean County (one of the very few counties to go for Trump) but as I posted below, on election night, when less than 1% of the vote had been counted, they gave the state to Hitlery. “Simple as that!” Oh, and under the heading of we DO CARE,… Read more »

Bill N.

OK Freddy, I withdraw my comment. It’s your problem, fix it or live with it. Simple as that! There are a lot more in NJ than just your Governor. I complement you on this, at least you can post a comment without resorting to profanity.


Bill, Thanks for your getting back. I’m a ‘reloc’-New Yorker, who came here to retire on Da’ New Joisey Sure. BTW: The New Jersey Shore is a beautiful place to live, but then…. I carried for 35 years in NY, and put a gun on my hip every single morning as most people would a pair of pants; but when you ‘cross over the river’ even with my b/g, when it comes to ‘yukie-guns it’s like living in a communist country. I could also move, and not to be sarcastic, but “Simple as that!” but my daughter and my grandchildren… Read more »

Bill N.

Freddy, Nice follow up on the reason you moved to NJ. I have been in NJ a good number of times. I used to drive a tank truck and had many loads into the beautiful state of NJ. It’s just the corrupt politicians that I can’t stand. Same as Md. I do feel for you and the other like minded people of your state. Keep on fighting and never give up, some day maybe things will change.

Jack R.

Bill, I lived in So. Jersey over 30 yrs, living under the heel of socialist/sheeple of No. Jersey all that time. After moving back to FL, I literally felt the yoke of tyranny lifted off my shoulders.As far as Christie goes, don’t be fooled. He made so you have to posess a pistol purchasing permit to buy ammo. He’s a sheep in a wolf coat.