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Senator Michael Testa

Senator Michael Testa

Testa Lauds Supreme Court Decision in NYS Conceal Carry Case

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Senator Michael Testa today praised the United States Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a “proper-cause” requirement in New York law to obtain a concealed-carry license as unconstitutional for violating ordinary citizens’ Second Amendment rights. He also called for the reform of New Jersey gun laws to further respect the individual right to legally possess firearms.

Sen. Michael Testa praised the United States Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a “proper-cause” requirement in New York law to obtain a concealed-carry license as unconstitutional for violating ordinary citizens’ Second Amendment rights. (Wikipedia)

“The Court’s decision in this case is a welcome development for the case of constitutional rights and for the Second Amendment,” said Testa (R-1). “Law-abiding citizens have all the rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution and the Court has spoken clearly in this case. New Jersey needs to respect this decision and make changes in our current laws to conform to this ruling.”

New Jersey’s concealed carry law contains a “justifiable need” requirement, which is similar to the New York requirement that was just declared unconstitutional.

New Jersey’s “may issue” standard and its definition of justifiable need and reliance on judges to issue permits has made obtaining a carry permit near impossible.

The Court voted 6–3 to strike down the century-old New York law, which required that people show a special need to obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun outside the home.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the majority opinion in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen that the Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to carry a gun outside the home, adding that the state’s “proper cause” requirement “violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense.”

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