Federal Appeals Court Ruling Allows Retired Law Enforcement Officers in New Jersey the Right to Carry

The federalĀ Third Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a ruling affirming an earlier ruling by a New Jersey District Court which allowed retired law enforcement officers the right to carry concealed firearms in the state.

In their ruling, the three-judge panel agreed that the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (FLEOA) prevents the state from establishing more hurdles for retired police officers who want to carry guns.

Under the law passed in New Jersey, retired officers were required to obtain a state-issued permit known as an RPO license and mandated training twice a year, while the federal law requires training only once.

Additionally, the law also barred retired officers older than 75 from getting a carry permit while the federal law has no age limit.

In June 2022 a federal district court ordered a permanent injunction prohibiting the state from arresting or prosecuting any retired officer in compliance with the federal law, which the state then appealed.

The Attorney General’s office have not said if they will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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  1. Don’t let life long cops carry firearms but do let snotty nosed 16 year olds vote in major elections that affect actual adults daily livelihood. I can’t wait to move to Montana

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