Third Circuit Court of Appeals to Hear Arguments Today in New Jersey Gun Law Challenge

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia will be hearing oral arguments in a legal challenge from second amendment groups challenging New Jersey’s concealed-carry law, which limits guns from being carried in public and sensitive places.

The law, which was signed by Governor Murphy in December 2022, has been moving through the judicial system since the moment it was signed.

In June, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals partly overturned a prior District Court’s stay.

In their decision, the the four-judge panel granted the state’s request for a stay in eight “sensitive places” cited in the gun law, but denied to stay some other restrictions, meaning the law remains in effect for those eight places pending further action in the litigation.

The eight places where guns were prohibited are within 100 feet of public gatherings; nurseries; pre-schools; zoos; summer camps; public parks; libraries; museums; places where alcohol is served; entertainment facilities; casinos; and health care facilities.

Asked by TLS last November whether he thought the law would stand up in court, New Jersey Governor Murphy said he was confident the then-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 said at the time.

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