Attorneys on Wednesday filed a Motion to Intervene in the litigation temporarily restraining significant portions of the firearms carry bill on behalf of the Senate President and Speaker.
The legislature moved to enact the Chapter 131 in response to the federal Bruen Decision, which struck down a New York statute that required a demonstration of “proper cause” in order to obtain a permit to carry a handgun.
Because New Jersey’s long prevailing firearms law had previously required a justifiable need to carry a handgun, the legislature enacted Chapter 131 to satisfy the new standard enunciated by Bruen.
That spawned backlash.
“A federal judge has granted gun rights groups a victory by approving a temporary restraining order against the Murphy administration’s plan to limit guns in public places.
“The lawsuit — the second filed in three weeks — challenged the constitutionality of a gun law Gov. Phil Murphy signed on Dec. 22.
“The order will temporarily halt the implementation of the “sensitive places” aspect of the gun safety law, which bans firearms in an expansive list of locations, including schools, restaurants, libraries and zoos. This remains in effect pending a hearing.”
Hence, Wednesday intervention by lawyers representing Scutari and Coughlin.
On February 21, 2023 or on such Short Notice as the Court may allow, Intervenors-Applicants, Nicholas P. Scutari, New Jersey Senate President, and Craig J. Coughlin, Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly, by and through their counsel Cullen and Dykman LLP, and Kologi Simitz, shall move before the Hon. Renee Marie Bumb, U.S.D.J., at the United Stated District Court for the District of New Jersey.
(See below)Motion to Intervene filed 1-24-2023