State appeals decision that overturned concealed

In a new motion in the legal battle over gun reform legislation, the state has asked a federal judge to fast-track consideration of an appeal — and not to limit enforcement of restrictions on where concealed weapons can be carried in New Jersey.

“This appeal warrants expedited consideration because the preliminary injunction interferes with a critical public-safety tool adopted by the New Jersey Legislature,” a motion brought by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office says. “The injunction threatens public safety by allowing loaded guns in crowded theaters, bars, protests, and Fourth of July celebrations in parks, as well as zoos and libraries where children gather — just to name a few.”

Last week, U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb said the reforms signed into law last December by Gov. Phil Murphy — challenged almost immediately by gun rights advocates — are “aimed primarily — not at those who unlawfully possess firearms — but at law-abiding, responsible citizens.”

Gov. Phil Murphy signs legislation to expand gun safety at Metuchen Borough Hall on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

Bumb also said the law to limit where concealed weapons could be carried went “too far” and called the law “plainly unconstitutional.”

The ruling, issued by Bumb as a preliminary injunction in federal court in Camden, further limits the enforcement of the new law and the restrictions on where the concealed carrying of guns is allowed. The ruling did note that most of the permitting requirements are “consistent with the Second Amendment.”

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