N.J. May See Lawsuits Against Gun Control Laws After U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

B1GUN_FR_C_^_FRIDAYNew Jersey’s gun laws, among the nation’s toughest, will most likely face an avalanche of lawsuits in light of Monday’s Supreme Court ruling, as activists test the statutes’ constitutional mettle, experts said. The Supreme Court case, McDonald v. Chicago, found individuals have a right to possess a handgun in their home for self-defense, but it also dismissed “doomsday proclamations” that its finding would strike down all local firearms regulations.

“The devil is in the details,” said Earl Maltz, a professor at Rutgers-Camden. “You’re going to have a series of cases that talk about what’s a reasonable restriction and what’s not.”

New Jersey’s extensive gun statutes may become ground zero in the coming litigation battles, said John Vincent Saykanic, a criminal defense attorney. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun-control group, ranked the state’s laws as the second strongest in the country after California’s.

New Jersey’s gun statutes require a person to obtain a police-issued permit for each handgun purchased. Permit applications also require a series of state and federal background checks, including fingerprinting. There are also limits on semi-automatic weapons. Full story in Star Ledger.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Well for the first time in a long time , the constitution was upheld!!
    Unfortunatly it has been proven time and again gun laws do not work,why does anyone believe a criminal would obey a gun law? restriction only prevented law abiding citizens from purchasing a gun legally. However I totoally agree guns do need to be kept out of the hands of the felons,mentally deranged individuals so regulation of who can and cannot own a weapon is a reasonable requirement.

  2. I also find the image that goes along with this article provocative, as the right to carry a fire arm and the right to ownership are two sepeerate issues!! Many have the right to ownership ,but very few have the right to carry.

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