Monday, March 5, 2012
- MD Ruling Puts NJ Gun Laws At Risk
Here's some good news. The principle that a citizen must have a "good reason" to carry a gun outside their home has been found unconstitutional by a federal Judge in Maryland. This puts NJ's policy of never issuing a concealed carry permit to a non Law enforcement officer at great risk.
In essence, NJ's law says the same thing that Maryland's does except it goes one step further. It says that whatever reason you think you have, it's not a valid reason to carry a gun unless the Judge says it is. This has given NJ judges the power to institute the "procedural ban" that's been in place for the better part of 20 years.
But with this ruling it looks like the cracks in that foundation are finally weakening.
“A citizen may not be required to offer a `good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights,” he wrote. “The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.”
Good point - and one I've been advocating for years. Now let's see what happens in NJ.