U.S. District Court judge Marie Bumb has issued a temporary restraining order regarding a motion brought by the Firearms Policy Coalition seeking a preliminary injunction against the concealed carry restriction bill signed into law last month by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
In her opinion, Judge Bumb, a Bush appointee, wrote that the plaintiffs have “demonstrated a probability of success on the merits of their second Amendment challenge” several provisions of the law, including the section which criminalizes carrying handguns in public libraries or museums, bars, restaurants, entertainment facilities, private property, as well as the ban on functional firearms in vehicles.
According to the suit, the law improperly expands the list of “sensitive places” where concealed weapons are banned and wrongfully criminalizes carrying a handgun in a vehicle.
While superficially removing the requirement of “justifiable need,” the legislature has declared most of the State to be off limits to carry through the artifice of “sensitive places,” as well as by means of a broad ban on carrying functional guns in vehicles. the group said in the complaint.
The suit names several New Jersey law enforcement officials, including Attorney General Matthew Platkin.
This lawsuit is just one of several filed immediately after the law was signed by pro gun rights groups who are seeking to prevent at least part of the law from going into 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.”
The ANJRPC is the New Jersey state affiliate of the NRA.
Asked by TLS in November 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.
The law includes a provision that if any part of it is overturned, the rest will remain.
Some parts of the law went into effect when it was signed, the rest will become law in about six months.