BREAKING: Acting New Jersey Attorney General says in new directive that "justifiable need" is no longer required for carry permits, effective immediately. https://t.co/A4mDFY62wj pic.twitter.com/aNsFVL8ypE
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But wait, there’s more…
Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta has advised California law enforcement agencies that the “good cause” requirement for issuing a concealed weapons permit is likely unconstitutional and should no longer be used.
The advice came in a legal alert on Friday to “all California district attorneys, police chiefs, sheriffs, county counsels and city attorneys” and follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision on Thursday overturning New York State’s “proper cause” requirement.
“It is the Attorney General’s view that the court’s decision renders California’s good
cause standard to secure a permit to carry a concealed weapon in most public places
unconstitutional,” wrote Bonta. “Permitting agencies may no longer require a demonstration of good cause.”
The Attorney General’s action was praised Saturday by the San Diego County Gun Owners Political Action Committee, a group that advocates for gun rights.
“Since our inception, we have been saying that the proof of good cause requirement is wrong and must go,” said Michael Schwartz, executive director of the group. “Removing arbitrary, subjective hurdles from the path for sane, trained, law-abiding gun owners to carry firearms outside the home for self defense will increase the number of people who can protect themselves from dangerous criminals.”
New Jersey and California are still going to try to make it difficult as hell to get a CCW permit but this is very close to them becoming shall issue.
I suspect a flurry of lawsuits that coming down the pipe at the state level to enforce the SCOTUS decision and make that last few may issue states into shall issue states.
It’s good that Clement and Murphy just started their own law firm, they will be busy for some time.
Now here comes the best part. Once all 50 states and DC become shall issue, 50 state CCW reciprocity has a good chance of being real.
If the right to bear arms applies once I leave my home, it should apply once I cross state lines.
This is something that might happen in my lifetime.