Federal Judge Rules Parts of NJ’s Conceal Carry Law Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled Monday that the part of New Jersey’s concealed carry gun law that dictates where a concealed firearm can be carried is unconstitutional.

  • District Judge Renée Marie Bumb placed a temporary restraining order on the law’s “sensitive places” restrictions, saying they violate the Second Amendment rights of New Jersey residents, according to the ruling.
  • Bumb said her ruling was on the belief New Jersey did not have the “historical tradition” of regulating where a concealed carry permit can be used.
  • “Plaintiffs have shown that Defendants will not be able to demonstrate a history of firearm regulation to support any of the challenged provisions,” Bumb wrote in the ruling. “The deprivation of Plaintiffs’ Second Amendment rights, as the holders of valid permits from the State to conceal carry handguns, constitutes irreparable injury, and neither the State nor the public has an interest in enforcing unconstitutional laws.
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