Legal CCW holders in New Jersey could soon face even more restrictions.
A short time ago, the New Jersey Assembly introduced a bill that would ban CCW holders in New Jersey from carrying in Shuls and other sensitive places.
No-carry zones under the proposal include the following:
-Synagogues, Mosques and Churches
-Parks, playgrounds & recreation areas
-Hospitals, nursing homes, and similar facilities
-Youth sports events
-Restaurants where alcohol is served (even if the permit holder is not drinking)
-Parades and public assemblies
The bill has further outraged the Second Amendment community and gun rights.
“Styled as “sensitive places” legislation to restrict where concealed carry permit holders can legally carry, the bill would be more appropriately named the “Protection of Mass Murderers, Terrorists, and Violent Criminals Act,” because it identifies zones where the public is required to be utterly defenseless, and provides violent criminals with a road map of where they can strike without fear of encountering an armed law-abiding citizen who can resist,” the ANJPRC, NJ’s Official State Rifle and Pistol Association said.
Under current law, a crime of the fourth degree is punishable by up to 18 months imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.
Third degree crimes are punishable by up to five years imprisonment, a fine of up to $15,000, or both.
“The legislation is New Jersey’s misguided answer to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Bruen decision upholding right to carry. Since New Jersey can no longer deny carry permits to law-abiding citizens, lawmakers have instead turned to trying to limit WHERE one can carry, and it isn’t pretty.”
The Association added, “The legislation treats carry permit holders as if THEY are the threat to public safety (not criminals), and ensures that the public will not be able to resist murderers, violent criminals, or terrorists in those locations.”
Evan Nappen, New Jersey’s top gun rights attorney for over 30 years, tells TLS this bill is outrageous.
“This bill is an outrage against the second amendment and our right to keep and bear arms, and it is of particular concern to the Jewish community and its ability to protect synagogues and houses of worship throughout New Jersey,” Nappen told TLS.
Nappen adds, that under the proposed bill, Shuls would not even be able to hire armed security.
The bill is in response to recent the United States Supreme Court decision in the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v Bruen, which established that states cannot deny permits to carry a handgun to otherwise-qualified citizens who fail to show that they have the “proper cause” to carry a handgun.
New Jersey law relies on a similar standard, considering whether an applicant has a “justifiable need,” in determining whether to issue a permit to carry a handgun.
If passed and signed by the governor, the bill would become law immediately.