Petition To Ease Gun-Carrying Laws In NJ Gains Over 5,000 Signatures

A recenlty launched petition seeking to give NJ residents more weapons ‘carry rights’ throughout the State, has already gained over 5,000 signatures. The petition, directed at the Governor and other officials, is aiming to obtain 10,000 signatures in hopes of easing the tighter gun laws once presented to officials.

The petition reads as follows.

“Dear Elected Official. The “Citizens’ Protection Act,” revises and simplifies the procedures for securing a permit to carry a handgun in the State of New Jersey. Under the provisions of the bill, an applicant for a permit to carry a handgun would be entitled to that permit so long as he can demonstrate competence with a firearm and is not statutorily disqualified. To demonstrate that competence, the applicant would be required to include, as part of his application for the permit, copy indicating his successful completion of a firearms safety or training course or class offered by a law enforcement agency, an educational institution, the military, or the National Rifle Association. An applicant who holds a permit to carry is deemed competent and need not submit such evidence.

Among the disqualifications set forth in the bill are the statutory disabilities which currently prohibit an individual from obtaining either a permit to purchase a handgun or a firearms purchaser identification card: A crime involving controlled substances; a condition involving chronic and habitual alcoholic or drug abuse; or some other physical or mental condition or disease which would make it unsafe for the individual to obtain a permit to carry a handgun.

The bill also extends the term during which a permit to carry remains valid. At present, a permit to carry remains valid for two years; under this bill, a permit would be valid for five years.

Finally, the bill deletes subsection b. of N.J.S.2C:39-2 which provided that with regard to any firearm permit or license, an individual was deemed to be in violation of the law “until he establishes the contrary.” This approach is inconsistent with traditional American legal jurisprudence and, therefore, should be ended.

In its current form, the law governing the issuance of permits to carry a handgun requires an applicant to demonstrate to the Superior Court a justifiable need” in order to obtain such a permit. The court’s interpretation of what constitutes a “justifiable need” makes it virtually impossible for citizens of New Jersey to obtain permits to carry.

For the reasons stated above, and because the fundamental right to keep and bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment to the Constitution, we petition the Legislature of the State of New Jersey to pass this legislation as quickly as possible.

Thank you.”


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  1. I SIGNED!
    Its time nj democrats, stop treating us citizens like we are children. its time to allow us to protect ourselves. its time to give these thugs a reason to think twice about mugging us. its time we are allowed to fight back.

  2. I signed.
    It is about time that citizens claim their rights under the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. Much bureaucratic garbage and red tape has gone into taking away the rights of good and decent people to carry weapons for defensive purposes.

    Great job TLS. Keep up the good work.

  3. Mr Raintree,
    You need to understand the difference between legal and illegal guns. Legal is what we want/need in order to make the illegal think twice before committing a crime.
    Being your from raintree you should be all for this!

  4. hey #5: “Great. More guns in lakewood. Just what this town needs.”

    -this is obviously for law abiding citizens; since it requires paperwork, documentation, background checks, etc. The criminals dont follow laws, requirements, registration etc. they dont care. and they already have the guns.

    so whats your issue? you wouldnt feel safer knowing more legally trained and certified armed citizens are around? or do you love knowing only the criminals are carrying guns? or are you yourself a criminal who is scared of citizens with guns?

  5. To #7. Are you (moderated)? And yes, listening to your posts, I don’t think you should own a gun. To #6, with all due respect, I’ve lived in Raintree for over 20 years and, thankfully, have never had a problem here. Sorry if you’re not so lucky. Nevertheless, I do understand you concerns. It seems that crime is in every neighborhood. I just don’t think that guns are the answer. Too many accidents. Many involving children. I know first hand.

  6. To Great. More guns in lakewood. Just what this town needs.

    If you outlaw guns the only ones with them are the outlaws, law abiding citizens are not the problem ,its the criminals who pay no attention to laws. you can pass as many laws you want it has no effect on those who are hell bent on committing crime

  7. I signed since im all for this. Every day you see people getting robbed, stabbed or shot all over NJ. Maybe they’ll think twice now before they try to rob somebody.

    #5 you cant be serious? Do you think people who go for a legal carry permit will go into a store and rob it? Obviously they wouldnt. Maybe you should think about your comment before you post it.

  8. Really?
    1. The NJ State Supreme court since an unchallenged decision they made around 1948 has been making law since then. Mount Laurel and Abbott school are two biggies.
    2. There is NO way the nanny Democrats in this state are going to let the populace have guns. Case in point, the majority of the people in this state were for the death penalty and for it being used yet the Democrats under Corzine abolished it.

  9. #9 “And yes, listening to your posts, I don’t think you should own a gun.”

    -i might have different views than you, but that doesnt mean im a murderer or a criminal. my guns are my protection, not tools of a criminal enterprise.
    if you feel that guns are not the answer, i respect you and your opinion. but that doesnt mean i shouldnt have the right or chance to own such things. thats the difference between you and i.
    thats also the difference between dems & repub’s.

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