New Jersey Senate Committee Approves Concealed Carry Restriction Bill, Sets Up Final Senate Vote

The New Jersey state Senate Budget Committee approved the controversial Concealed Carry Restriction bill this afternoon, setting up a final vote on before the full chamber later this month.

The 8-4 party line vote came just two weeks after the Assembly approved their version of the bill by one vote, 42-29 two weeks ago.

A bill needs 41 votes to pass in the Assembly.

The Senate is expected to bring the legislation to the floor during their next session, on December 22nd.

If it passes the Senate, it will head to Governor Phil Murphy’s desk for his signature.

However, the bill is expected to face an immediate court challenge once it is enacted.

Asked by TLS last month whether he thought the bill would stand up in court, Governor Murphy said he was confident the legislation would withstand 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.

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

“G-d willing this will be crafted in a way that will stand up, because G-d knows we need it,” he added.

The bill was introduced following the recent decision of the United States Supreme Court in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen case and therefore removes from current law the justifiable need standard, which was the standard an individual is required to meet to hold a permit to carry a handgun in New Jersey.

The bill 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.

An earlier version of the bill, sought to also ban firearms in houses of worship, as reported exclusively by TLS, but was dropped from the current version of the bill.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. The Democratic party loves to infringe on law abiding citizens constitutional rights, while freeing criminals to roam the streets, the bill is unconstitutional and will be overturned.

  2. Interesting wording. A State owned property is also any State Highway.
    To stretch the definition, this bill would make it illegal to drive on a State Highway to a shooting range with a weapon “concealed” in the trunk of your vehicle, even with ammunition in a separate, locked container.

  3. This past year I purchased 3 firearms for self and community defense: a .22 caliber rifle, a 20-gauge shotgun and a 9mm handgun, and undertook a few hours of training at WeShoot. The anti-constitution democrats have now restricted me to “carrying” between my bedroom and living room…but whoa if I dare to go out of my front door with any of my firearms. The democrats’ blatant attempt to nullify the Supreme Court’s recent ruling upholding the 2nd amendment — and render law-abiding citizens defenseless against an increasingly menacing rogue CIA and FBI — is another step towards totalitarianism and a police state.

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