Gun groups challenge N.J.’s ’draconian prohibition’ on the right to carry a handgun outside of home

Gun groups challenge N.J.’s ’draconian prohibition’ on the right to carry a handgun outside of home

A group of pro-gun organizations filed a federal lawsuit in New Jersey Monday alleging the firearm laws in the state that prevent most residents from being able to carry a handgun outside their home are unconstitutional. The Second Amendment Foundation, the Firearms Policy Coalition and the New Jersey 2nd Amendment Society allege in the lawsuit that New Jersey’s “oppressive criminal statutes” deny residents “their fundamental, individual right to bear loaded, operable handguns outside the home." The lawsuit also challenges the process gun owners must go through in order to obtain a permit to carry a handgun. Gun owners have previously challenged New Jersey’s right to carry laws, but have been unsuccessful . However, Alan Gotlieb, of the Second Amendment Foundation, said the recent addition of Amy Coney Barrett, who is known as a conservative judge , to the U.S. Supreme Court prompted the groups to file the lawsuit Monday with hopes of it reaching the high court. “The Second Amendment absolutely applies in New Jersey,” he said. “We will continue to sue whoever we need to as we restore the Second Amendment one lawsuit at a time.” Currently in New Jersey, gun owners without a permit can only possess handguns in their homes or places of business, or while traveling to and from target practicing, in which the gun must be unloaded and locked in a container throughout the entire trip. Those who unlawfully carry a handgun are subjected to a second-degree felony and up to 10 years of […]

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