In a landmark victory for gun rights advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled 6–3 that “the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.” In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment secures the right to possess a handgun inside the home for self-defense purposes. In McDonald v. Chicago (2010), that right was applied against state and local governments. Today, in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the right was recognized to extend outside of the home.
The NJ Senate Republicans Office released the following statement “Following a ruling by the United States Supreme Court today that struck down New York’s restrictive concealed carry law, Senator Ed Durr called for the passage of his bill to allow the safe concealed carry of guns in New Jersey in a manner that passes constitutional muster.
“New Jersey’s extremely restrictive concealed carry law is clearly unconstitutional for the same reason that New York’s law was just struck down by the Supreme Court,” said Durr (R-3). “I have proposed eliminating the justifiable need requirement from our concealed carry law that the United States Supreme Court said violates the Second Amendment. Further, I have proposed requiring comprehensive training to ensure that those who would carry in public are well versed in the safe handling, use, and care of their firearms.”
Durr sponsors S-1801, which requires an applicant for a permit to carry a handgun to complete 18 hours of comprehensive training in the use, handling, and maintenance of handguns.
Under the bill, this training would replace the justifiable need requirement established by current law that is unquestionably unconstitutional following today’s ruling.
“If legislative Democrats refuse to act proactively and responsibly as I have proposed to fix our unconstitutional concealed carry law, it’s clear they will be forced to by the courts,” Durr concluded.
LNN spoke with the NJ GOP Senate Director of Communications in regards to the statement. We asked if they think this will pass Legislature being it is controlled by the Democrats, he responded that they hope the Democrats would do the responsible thing and change the law to what the Supreme Court has ruled a unconstitutional law. If they would not, the likely outcome would be residents would bring lawsuits, which could lead to a stronger referm of the law. We also asked if there is a fear at all of riots breaking out over the Supreme Court ruling, he responded that the hope is not, Be”H that will be true.
Gov. Murphy released the following statement after to ruling “Based on a deeply flawed constitutional methodology, a right-wing majority on the United States Supreme Court has just said that states can no longer decide for ourselves how best to limit the proliferation of firearms in the public sphere. Let there be no mistake – this dangerous decision will make America a less safe country.
“But let me be equally clear that, here in New Jersey, we will do everything in our power to protect our residents. Anticipating this decision, my Administration has been closely reviewing options we believe are still available to us regarding who can carry concealed weapons and where they can carry them. We are carefully reviewing the Court’s language and will work to ensure that our gun safety laws are as strong as possible while remaining consistent with this tragic ruling.” Looks as we would have imagined that Dem’s will fight this ruling tooth and nail.