23 States back concealed carry lawsuit to Supreme Court
By Chris Eger
A group of states are encouraging the highest court in the land to take up the case of a New Jersey man who just wants to get a carry permit but can’t due to the Garden State’s “may issue” laws.
The case, that of Thomas Rogers and the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, seeks to take a host of New Jersey officials to task for their practice of rarely issuing permits to carry a firearm in public for self-defense. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, joined with attorneys general and governors from 22 other states, are now on his side.
“Your constitutional rights don’t end when you walk outside your front door,” said Brnovich in a statement. “We have a guaranteed bill of rights in this country, not a bill of needs. Similar laws attempting to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens have already been ruled unconstitutional across the country and New Jersey’s de facto ban should be overturned as well.”
The 26-page amicus brief filed by Brnovich argues that the vast majority of the country — some 42 states — use “shall-issue” permitting standards while New Jersey’s more restrictive practice subjectively restricts law-abiding citizens from carrying a