Activists Sue New Jersey Over New Unconstitutional Concealed Carry Law

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BELLEVUE, WA – -(AmmoLand.com)-The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a federal lawsuit against the State of New Jersey, challenging the state’s new gun control law prohibiting licensed concealed carry in an expanded list of so-called “sensitive places,” and further criminalizes carrying an operable handgun “while in a vehicle.”

Joining SAF are the Firearms Policy Coalition, the Coalition of New Jersey Firearm Owners, and the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, along with three private citizens, Nicholas Gaudio, Jeffrey M. Muller, and Ronald Koons. Plaintiffs are represented by attorney David D. Jensen, David Jensen PLLC, of Beacon, N.Y.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The case is known as Koons et al v. Reynolds et al.

Named as defendants are Atlantic County Prosecutor William Reynolds, Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. Macaulay, Sussex County Prosecutor Annemarie Taggart, New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin and State Police Supt. Patrick Callahan, in their official capacities.

Shortly after New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed the new legislation on Dec. 22, SAF and its partners quickly filed the lawsuit.

“We are asking for a declaratory judgment against certain tenets of the new legislation,” explained SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “We are also seeking a preliminary and/or permanent injunction restraining the defendants and their officers, agents and other employees from enforcing the challenged segments of the law.

“The specific sections of law violate the right to bear arms protected by the Second Amendment,” he continued. “There is no established historical tradition that could be used to justify these restrictions. This new legislation literally criminalizes licensed concealed carry just about everywhere, making a mockery of the right to bear arms protected by the Second Amendment.”

“New Jersey’s Legislature and Governor have shown that they do not wish to heed the Supreme Court’s guidance as to the bounds of the right to bear arms in Bruen,” said SAF’s Executive Director Adam Kraut.

“Despite clear directives as to a citizens’ right to bear arms, New Jersey continues to thumb its nose at the constitutional rights of its citizens in the name of ‘safety’. Such disregard for the rights of New Jerseyans will not be tolerated. As such, we are seeking to vindicate the rights of our members and the public in an expeditious manner. It is a shame the elected officials of New Jersey have no respect for the enumerated rights of the People and continue to needlessly waste their state’s tax dollars passing unconstitutional laws which render the common person defenseless.”

Koons et al v. Reynolds et al. : Activists Sues New Jersey Over New Concealed Carry Law


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The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 720,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.

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Ledesma

They’re suggesting that “gun free zone” declarations negate the US2A.

Last edited 1 month ago by Ledesma
HLB

The “sensitive places” mantra needs to be wiped clean. There is no “sensitive places” mention in the Constitution. Every time some one says “sensitive places”, we need to chant, “No Infringements Allowed” ! ! !

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TGP389

We all know that criminals and would-be mass shooters obey carry laws scrupulously.

grifhunter

Talley ho boys, take it to these bastards. The rest of you get out your checkbooks and support the 2A Foundation.

CourageousLion

Or Gun Owners of America or the Firearms Policy Coalition.

DIYinSTL

Or all three! And especially the local organizations if you are a resident of the NJ Democratic Republic.

CourageousLion

That sign should be stating “Flaming Communist State” instead of Garden State.

BigAl

The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs also filed suit yesterday. That case challenges multiple provisions of the new law where this one is specifically targeting the sensitive places provision.

Speculation is that a TRO hearing will be heard on this one the last week of December.

Dubi Loo

Using the language of the loons, “A good first step.” Hope the court rules quickly and correctly.