SAF comments on New Jersey lawsuit

SAF comments on New Jersey lawsuit
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The state of New Jersey has gone off the deep end.

We had to see it coming, of course, because for such a tiny state, they’re a huge pain in the posterior when it comes to respecting gun rights. They just don’t think your rights should exist.

Post-Bruen, they had to come up with a new way to restrict them, though. The Supreme Court killed “may issue” permitting, so they looked to follow New York’s lead and ramp it up a bit.

Now, there’s multiple lawsuits that have been filed seeking to kill the measure.

Shocking, I know.

The Second Amendment Foundation is behind one of the lawsuits and had this to say about it:

 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.”

Kraut is absolutely right, especially about New Jersey’s lack of respect for the Second Amendment rights of its citizens.

To be fair, though, no court ruling can make them respect those rights. They’re bound and determined to have any and all restrictions they think they can get away with. It’s how they roll and we know they’re going to keep it up.

Luckily, they’re not going to get to do it unchallenged, especially with a law this egregious.

I mean, the insurance requirement alone is beyond comprehension. As bad as San Diego’s requirement is, it’s covered by homeowner’s insurance. New Jersey’s will require a whole new category of insurance. After all, the only carry insurance I know about is the kind the state tends to frown on, such as the NRA’s defunct Carry Guard.

That’s not likely to meet the requirements at all.

So yeah, these lawsuits are going to be fun to watch as they work their way through courts until eventually New Jersey’s new law is smacked down as being an egregious infringement on people’s rights.

As it should be.