The National Rifle Association (NRA) sued New Jersey on Thursday after Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law tightening who may get a public carry permit for handguns and where they can be carried.
After the N.Y. State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen ruling, Murphy submitted the plan.
The courts ruled that New Yorkers cannot be required to establish “proper reason” to carry a weapon in public. The court also overturned New Jersey’s longstanding “justifiable need” public carry law.
Within 24 hours of the court’s verdict, Murphy introduced legislation that enhanced statutory disqualifiers for carry permit applicants and increased the list of firearm-free zones.
Murphy signed the bill Thursday.
“Today’s bill signing is the conclusion of months of talks between this Administration and our partners in the Legislature, delivering on the promise I made this summer to keep New Jersey safe after the Supreme Court’s horrible decision,” Murphy said.
“I disagree with that decision, but we must follow it, and today’s measure properly protects the Second Amendment while keeping weapons out of the wrong hands and preventing their spread in our communities. This logical gun ban in daycares, hospitals, libraries, and stadiums is my pleased signature.”
Concealed carry is now prohibited in “high-density” areas, vulnerable populations, and First Amendment or government activity.
The law specifies that a concealed carry permit does not allow gun ownership.
Statute enforcement and security guards are the only exceptions to the concealed carry law, according to Murphy’s press release.
“New Jersey continues to lead the nation in combatting gun crime and demonstrating how common-sense gun restrictions help keep communities and law enforcement safe,” Attorney General Matthew Platkin said.
“The measure passed today reinforces our efforts to keep communities safe by keeping firearms out of the wrong hands and away from sensitive sites, such as where children study and play.”
The new rule also bars people with outstanding arrests, restraining orders, restraining order violations, and voluntary mental hospital hospitalizations from getting a carry permit.
Four non-related character references are now required for applicants, making the procedure more rigorous. Law enforcement will interview endorsers to assess if they are dangerous.
Liability insurance with $300,000 coverage and a $25 application fee is required.
The NRA immediately sued the state for violating the Second Amendment.
“The anti-gun legislation Gov. Murphy signed today flies directly in the face of June’s Supreme Court verdict, NYSRPA v. Bruen—so much so that the NRA sued the state of New Jersey as Murphy signed it,” the NRA told Fox News Digital.
“Law-abiding citizens cannot get concealed carry permits under this new law. It requires the applicant to have insurance coverage that doesn’t seem to exist yet and empowers the police chief to subjectively pick who gets a permit based on “temperament” and “character.” Permitted carriers cannot carry any place due to the extensive list of restricted sites. The NRA sued because the bill is unconstitutional.”
“Once again, this is gun control for gun control,” the NRA said. “It does not affect public safety and makes a carry in New Jersey virtually illegal.”
The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, the NRA’s state affiliate, is a plaintiff in Siegel v. Platkin. The New Jersey U.S. District Court received it.