Gov. Chris Christie is in a battle with the Democrats controlling both houses of the N.J. Legislature over concealed weapons carry permits in New Jersey.

While Christie has determined that the restrictions requiring the showing of a “justifiable need” for a carry permit are too restrictive, the Legislature claims that Christie’s criteria requiring a showing of “serious threats” against one’s life is violative of the Legislative intent in the creation of the existing gun control laws in N.J.

In addition to complaints by gun rights advocates indicating the permitting process was inefficient and overly restrictive, Chistie indicated that changes were a response to the murder of Carol Browne by her ex-boyfriend, against whom she had a restraining order, while Ms. Brown awaited approval of her gun permit.

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A3689 and SCR101 were immediately sponsored by the Assembly and state Senate respectively in a response seeking to codify regulatory language relating to handgun carry permits. Democrats in control of the Senate and Assembly argued that the new standards could serve to substantially increase the number of carry permits in NJ and allow an overly broad spectrum of individuals to obtain permits.

The state Attorney General’s office replied that all other statutory requirements would continue to apply and a state Superior Court judge would have to sign off on the permit so that the only change would be from the showing of an “actual need” to a showing of a specific “serious threat” against the person seeking the permit.

The fate of this legislation is still pending. If you are caught illegally carrying firearms the penalties can be severe, making it well worth the effort to seek a permit to carry legally.

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