NEW GUN CARRY LAWSUIT FILED BY NRA, ANJRPC & CNJFO! CNJFO MEMBERS DENIED DUE TO LACK OF "JUSTIFIABLE NEED"!
by Black Wire Media Tues. Dec. 1, 2020 www.cnjfo.com/join-us
BREAKING! The Coalition of New Jersey Firearm Owners joined the National Rifle Association and the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs in bringing a suit against a number of Chiefs of Police as well as the New Jersey State Attorney General this afternoon. The scourge of "Justifiable Need" as a yardstick to measure worthiness of weapons carry flies in the face of the Heller decision, which states that case-by-case determinations are UNCONSTITUTIONAL! This suit, filed in Federal Court, seeks an end to "Justifiable Need". From the 22 page document filed this afternoon:
"Plaintiffs pray for an order and judgment:
a. Declaring that New Jersey’s “justifiable need” requirement violates the Second and Fourteenth Amendments and is thus devoid of any legal force or effect". For lines b thru g, see original complaint/document text (link below).
From ANJRPC: "See the alert below from NRA-ILA announcing the filing of a new lawsuit by NRA, ANJRPC, and CNJFO challenging New Jersey's unconstitutional laws blocking right to carry. This is ANJRPC's third (and hopefully final) lawsuit to restore right to carry in the Garden State. ANJRPC is pleased to partner with NRA and CNJFO on this historic effort".
Click below for a copy of the complaint:
The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action partnered with The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs in a lawsuit against the state of New Jersey for infringing on our members’ right to carry.
New Jersey’s may-issue statute also requires that people justify their need to carry. And even though the Supreme Court said that self-defense is “the central component” of the Second Amendment, the desire to defend yourself is insufficient justification under New Jersey law. This makes it all but impossible for law-abiding gun owners to receive a permit, which is required to lawfully carry a handgun in New Jersey.
One of the Plaintiffs in the lawsuit is a firearms instructor with a current federal and New Jersey firearms retail license. But when he went to submit his application for a permit at his local police department, he was told not to even bother because it would just be denied for lacking a justifiable need.
“That is egregious but pretty common in New Jersey,” said Michael Jean, NRA-ILA Director of Litigation. “The Supreme Court said that the Second Amendment ‘takes out of the hands of government … the power to decide on a case-by-case basis whether the right is really worth insisting upon.’ But that’s what officials in New Jersey do when they reject applicants who they believe haven’t justified their need to exercise their rights. This lawsuit’s aim is to put an end to that.”
The case is Mazahreh v. Grewal. It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The Coalition of New Jersey Firearms Owners also joined the lawsuit.
CNJFO is proud to partner with NRA and our state NRA Association, ANJR&PC. Together we hope this lawsuit brings to bear the full weight of the Heller decision and forces New Jersey to issue weapons carry permits on a "SHALL-ISSUE" basis, as is the case with well over 40 states in the Union.