Attorney General of New Jersey Matt Platkin informed the federal judge overseeing the challenge to the state’s new gun law that he will not appeal the federal orders she issued temporarily halting the enforcement of portions of the law.
Five days prior, Platkin informed Judge Renée Marie Bumb that delays in the next phase of the legal challenge rendered an appeal of the orders “necessary.” But after Bumb scheduled a hearing in the case for next week on Tuesday, New Jersey decided “at this time” to withdraw its appeal, according to Platkin.
A group of gun rights advocates have filed a lawsuit against the state of New Jersey to overturn portions of the state’s gun law, which severely restricts where gun owners may carry their weapons in public. Bumb has issued a pair of restraining orders preventing New Jersey from enforcing portions of the law while she decides on the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction that would halt the law’s enforcement during the course of the legal challenge. The case’s next hearing is scheduled for March 17.
In December, Governor Phil Murphy signed a law in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bruen decision, which declared restrictive concealed carry laws unconstitutional. The state law prohibits gun owners from carrying firearms in a variety of public places, including bars, restaurants, and beaches, and mandates that gun owners obtain liability insurance. Plaintiffs have declared the provisions of the law unconstitutional.