BREAKING: New Jersey Governor Murphy Signs Concealed Carry Restriction Bill; Two Lawsuits Filed To Overturn [VIDEO & PHOTOS] [UPDATED]

At an event in Scotch Plains this morning, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed the controversial Concealed Carry Restriction bill, which is the state’s response to the recent United States Supreme Court decision in the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen case.

The bill was approved by the state Senate in a 21-16 vote earlier this week.

Opponents to the law are expected to challenge it in court on constitutional grounds.

“While I strongly disagree with that decision, we must abide by it, and today’s law fully respects the Second Amendment while keeping guns out of the wrong hands and preventing them from proliferating in our communities,” Governor Murphy said prior to signing the bill.

“I am proud to sign this commonsense legislation which prohibits carrying guns in sensitive places, including our daycares, hospitals, libraries, and stadiums,” he added.

Asked by TLS last month whether he thought the bill would stand up in court, New Jersey Governor Murphy said he was confident the revised bill would stand up to any potential legal challenges.

“I hope so. I normally wouldn’t talk about bills that are not on our desk, but this one is important to all of us,” he said at the time.

“We are very concerned about the Supreme Court’s steps initially, and then also in staying New York’s laws,” Murphy continued.

On Thursday afternoon, just hours after the bill was signed, two pro-gun rights groups announced they are already suing the state to prevent the bill from taking effect.

One of those groups, the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC), said in statement that the new law “flagrantly and intentionally disrupts both the second amendment and the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bruen decision upholding the right of honest citizens to carry firearms for personal protection.”

Also included in the new law, which goes into effect today, is an increase in the amount gun holders will have to pay for their new licenses, with the amount for a concealed carry permit applications will jump from $2 to $25. The bill also increases the fee to obtain a firearm purchaser identification card (FPIC) from $5 to $50.

The bill also establishes that a person can be charged with a third degree crime for carrying any firearm, or a crime of the second degree to possess a destructive device, in dozens of locations, including any state owned property, polling booths, public gatherings, educational facilities, school buses, camps, child care centers, parks, libraries, museums, bars and restaurants, performance halls and all health care facilities.

Also included in the sensitive areas where guns will be banned is all private property, including but not limited to residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, institutional, or undeveloped property, unless the owner has provided express consent or has posted a sign indicating that it is permissible to carry on the premises a concealed handgun with a valid and lawfully issued permit to carry.

In addition, the bill establishes that firearms cannot be carried on private property, including homes, businesses, stores, and houses of worship, unless the property owner expressly communicates permission through express consent or specific signage.

The only exceptions to these rules are for law enforcement officers or private security guards.

Additionally, New Jersey will become the first state in the nation to require all permit carriers to maintain and provide proof of liability insurance with coverage for at least $300,000 on account of injury, death, or damage to property arising out of ownership, maintenance, operation, or use of a firearm.

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  1. I hope the Lakewood askonim are happy that he was elected. Waste of taxpayer money doing this legislation. This whole thing is a feel good legislation in that no one is safer except the terrorists have an easier time. There is so much to be written.

  2. Sign on podium says “Combating Crime” is a joke. This creates crimes against law abiding citizens and the second amendment. The criminals now know the entire state of NJ is open game for crimes without any resistance. How does this bill stop any criminal? NJ democrats are idiots and have committed treason against their vow to uphold the US Constitution.

  3. Our dear leader is proud to sign a blatantly unconstitutional law restricting our constitutional rights whole he frees criminals to roam our streets. The law will of course be overturned as it is blatantly unconstitutional and tehy all know it.
    Keep voting for the Democrats.

  4. The exemption for private security guards might be the loophole we need. You need 24 hours of training. And then you can be the private security guard for your family and friends. You won’t need express permission from the property owner. You just need express permission from someone in the vicinity to be their private security guard.

  5. Murphy’s law is not above the law of the Supreme Court. Google Supremacy law NJ and their Democrats are violating 2nd amendment ruling. If they can’t obey Federal laws how can we the people obey their illegal laws.” It is our right to protect one’s self”

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