Gun owners in New Jersey must now purchase liability insurance and take a gun-safety training course in order to get their concealed-carry permit due to the state's new law. This is a new law that follows the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling that overturned a New York law requiring residents to provide "proper cause" for a concealed-carry permit, invalidating similar gun laws in other states as well. This new law does not require "proper cause" as the previously invalidated law did, but has other requirements that gun-rights activists are unhappy about.
The intention is for insurance companies to create an incentive for following more secure practices with guns - those who practice better safety measures will pay lower premiums. Insurance companies could require policy holders to use trigger locks or store weapons in gun safes, among other measures, as part of their policies.
History, Effect, and Response to These New Laws
These new concealed carry rules were first put into effect on July 1st of 2022, after Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed the measure that was previously passed in the state legislature. This law does not require residents to show cause in order to get a permit; however, it does increase the fee from $2 to $25 - the first fee increase since 1966. Those prohibited from getting a permit include those with felony convictions, anyone with domestic violence restraining orders, and anyone who has threatened violence or harm. Those committed for mental health issues and those wanted for crimes in other states are also not eligible for permits.
The law prohibits concealed guns in daycares, hospitals, libraries, stadiums, schools, entertainment venues, election polling places, bars, and movie theaters; it also prevents people with concealed firearms from bringing them onto private property without the property owner's consent.
A violation can result in up to five years in prison and fines of up to $15,000.
In response to the new law, the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) challenged its constitutionality in federal court and sought to stop its implementation. As of this writing, the case is still pending. If you have legal questions, then call us at the Lento Law Firm.
Why Hiring the Lento Law Firm Is the Right Choice
If you are seeking to purchase a firearm or are being charged with violating gun laws, then it is critical to have an experienced attorney's help. Attorney Joseph D. Lento and his Criminal Defense Team have helped people across the state of New Jersey with their legal issues. Call the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686 to learn why hiring the Lento Law Firm is the right choice.
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