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N.J. withdraws threat of appeal in federal challenge of gun law

By: - March 9, 2023 7:28 am

A group of gun rights advocates claims New Jersey's new law limiting where they can carry their weapons is unconstitutional. (Aristide Economopoulos for New Jersey Monitor)

New Jersey Attorney General Matt Platkin told the federal judge overseeing the challenge to the state’s new gun law that he will not appeal a pair of federal orders she issued that temporarily block parts of the law from being enforced.

Platkin’s Wednesday notice to Judge Renée Marie Bumb came five days after he told her that delays in the next phase of the legal challenge made an appeal of the orders “necessary.” But after Bumb on Tuesday scheduled a hearing in the case for next week, New Jersey decided to drop its appeal effort “at this time,” according to Platkin.

A group of gun rights advocates have sued New Jersey seeking to overturn parts of the gun law, which sharply restricts where gun owners can carry their weapons in public. Bumb has issued a pair of restraining orders halting New Jersey from carrying out parts of the law while she decides on the plaintiffs’ push for a preliminary injunction that would bar enforcement of the law as the challenge winds its way through the court system. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for March 17.

The law, signed by Gov. Phil Murphy in December, was a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bruen decision, which struck down restrictive concealed carry laws as unconstitutional. The state’s law attempts to bar gun owners from carrying their weapons in a host of public places, like bars, restaurants, and beaches, among other locations, and it requires gun owners to obtain liability insurance. The plaintiffs have called the law’s provisions unconstitutional.


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Terrence T. McDonald
Terrence T. McDonald

Editor Terrence T. McDonald is a native New Jerseyan who has worked for newspapers in the Garden State for more than 15 years. He has covered everything from Trenton politics to the smallest of municipal squabbles, exposing public corruption and general malfeasance at every level of government. Terrence won 23 New Jersey Press Association awards and two Tim O’Brien Awards for Investigative Journalism using the Open Public Records Act from the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. One politician forced to resign in disgrace because of Terrence’s reporting called him a "political poison pen journalist.”