NJ Rifle & Pistol Clubs Sue to Overturn State’s Unconstitutional Handgun Carry Law

NJ Rifle & Pistol Clubs Sue to Overturn State’s Unconstitutional Handgun Carry Law

New Jersey – -(Ammoland.com)- The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs announced today that it has filed suit in federal court to overturn New Jersey’s draconian restrictions on carrying a handgun outside the home for self-defense!

Under New Jersey law, a permit to carry a handgun may be issued only to those citizens who show that they face a unique need for self-defense – such as specific, documented death threats or actual attacks. Ordinary citizens are barred from carrying a handgun outside the home for self-defense, under threat of up to 10 years in prison.

The new lawsuit seeks to overturn New Jersey’s carry law on the ground that it violates the Second Amendment.

Click here to see a copy of the complaint in the case.

In the landmark 2008 Heller decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects the individual right to keep and bear arms for self-protection, and it struck down a District of Columbia law banning the possession of firearms in the home.

“The core Second Amendment right of armed self-defense is just as important to an ordinary New Jersey citizen when she is traveling through a dangerous neighborhood as it is when she is safe in her home,” said ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach. “The Supreme Court has said that the States cannot ban people from keeping firearms for self-defense in their homes, and New Jersey’s restrictions on carrying firearms outside the home will meet the same end.”

Federal courts in New Jersey have previously upheld the State’s restrictions, but the new lawsuit-which was filed in cooperation with the National Rifle Association, asks the courts to take another look at the issue, based on a recent federal decision striking down the District of Columbia’s similar law as flatly unconstitutional.

“We thank the NRA for its incredible support and guidance, which made this new lawsuit possible,” continued Bach.

“The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that police have no legal duty to protect individual citizens from harm, which means you’re on your own in an emergency,” Bach continued. “The same government that abandons its duty to keep you safe should not also block your Constitutional right to protect yourself. Right to carry’s time is coming in the Garden State, and Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs and NRA are at the forefront of that movement.”

Although the lawsuit has already been filed, ANJRPC requests that anyone recently denied a carry permit in New Jersey contact us ASAP at [email protected]

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Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs

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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Al Piechowski

“Right to bear arms” means right to carry in 100% defining language. The second amendment does not specify “must show need or a good reason” to bear arms. The reason is self evident……to protect my life and the lives of those related to or even close to me. Also not specified is whether I carry open or concealed. Any restrictions to prevent “bear aka carry” a firearm are unconstitutional. No law degree is necessay nor has any government official or judge have the power to infringe this right. Case closed. Constitutional carry does not require any ccw permit or any… Read more »


I sure hope they win, but this looks like a Scott Bach election year ploy to get votes to be back on the NRA board. He is up for reelection this year and is the consummate “insider” with no views that differ from what NRA tells him. The favorable DC court decision does not bind NJ courts, nor will it change their liberal anti gun views. Which means it’s a lot of money NRA is spending just to rally people around Bach. Hope they win, but the smart money says we need to put efforts and funds into keeping the… Read more »


This is just a promo for scott Bach’s nra board relection pitch. Unfortunately, this case and the one filed in upstate ny will fail ad they have before. These liberal courts will not break with precedent in their districts just have the dc circuit upheld a pro 2A case. And bach knows it, but he wants to look like some saviour and get votes to kerp his cushy nra board seat.


A similar lawsuit has been filed in NY against the governor and state police citing that by denying a full carry permit to ordinary citizens because they fail to demonstrate a “need” to full carry, that in itself is a civil rights violation because it infringes on the 2nd amendment. When you’ve got flaming progressives running a state, this is the end result of having your rights trampled upon.


Im in support of these actions in NJ.
Thanks to the NRA


Throughout my adult life I have supported the NRA. BUT over the last 20 years it would seem the focus of the NRA is NOT about protecting our gun rights but actually compromising them away on feel good legilation that simply negates our God givern and constitutionally protected rights. They seem to believe the lies the left tout as “common sense”. The first and foremost “comon sense” would be to STOP compromising with BLATANT infringments on the basic right to keep and bear arms. I have read and understand the constitution,bill of rights (NOT bill of permitions) and some of… Read more »

Vom Brunhaus

Communist Dem O Rats and new elected Dem Governor Phil Murphy making NJ a Sanctuary State and at the same time ATTACKING Lawful Licensed gun owners . Murphys violating Federal immigration Laws please contact Tucker Carlson Fox News and also Attorney General Jeff Sessions . The NRA should be NEVER ENDING with N.J.