Federal Judge Halts More of New Jersey’s Anti-Second Amendment “Sensitive Places” Gun Prohibition 

On January 30, 2023, a federal judge Renee Bumb issued an additional temporary restraining order blocking more of “carry-killer” law. The “carry-killer” law refers to legislation previously passed by the New Jersey state government that would prohibit concealed carry in most public spaces, in complete violation of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen Supreme Court decision that upheld the right to carry at the national level. 

In a 46-page opinion, the court granted the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) the relief they initially pursued. On top of that, many unconstitutional “sensitive place” carry bans have been temporarily blocked while the case continues being hammered out.

The restraining order temporarily halts enforcement of several facets of the carry-killer law for a time frame of several weeks until the court can fully address the issues brought up in the case.

According to F. Riehl of AmmoLand News, temporary restraining orders “like the ones issued are generally considered extraordinary and nearly impossible to obtain.” He added that  while the restraining orders do not guarantee that the carry-killer law will continue to be halted throughout the rest of the case, “they strongly suggest that it is likely.”

Riehl explained that “Also, at the next stage of the case (preliminary injunction stage), it is possible that additional aspects of the law will be blocked.”

New Jersey is ranked in 49th place according to Guns & Ammo’s best states for gun owners rankings. To say it’s an anti-gun safe space would be an understatement. At this juncture, gun owners in the Garden State will need to use the courts or nullify state gun control at the city or county level to maintain any semblance of Second Amendment freedoms.

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