Words of Wisdom:
“It has been said that firearms are a lot like parachutes. If you ever need one and don’t have one, chances are you’ll never need one again.” – Brad Thor
Report Issued and Recommendations Made
After the tragic murder of Carol Bowne this year, Governor Chrisie created a panel to review New Jersey’s gun laws and make recommendations. That report was issued on December 21st, 2015 by the Governor’s office. The report cites the widespread instances of municipalities created their own requirements for firearms permits and purchase cards and the patterns of delaying citizens in their efforts to purchase a firearm, compiled by ANJRPC. It also cites the videos released by NJ2AS where police officers have been shown to discourage applications, inform applicants they will be denied before they apply, or even refuse to accept the application.
There are several recommendations made in the report, but most interest is concentrated in those related to concealed carry, permitting delays and requirements, and transporting firearms. The recommendations related to the permitting process and transportation requirements show promise of improving the day to day lives of gun owners in New Jersey if implemented and enforced. The recommendations related to justifiable need, however, are more controversial.
In our discussion with Scott Bach, ANJRPC, we will be exploring these first impressions of the report. Scott notes that this is a first for New Jersey, having a committee make a series of recommendations where none were damaging to gun owners. He also appears to hope that the impact of these changes does not go unnoticed simply due to the fact that the report’s recommendations don’t go as far as most gun owners and himself may wish.
Finally, in reading the report, there does seem to be an acknowledgement that New Jersey’s concealed carry regime would not stand constitutional muster under the guidance of Heller and McDonald.