NRA Backs Legal Effort to Protect 2nd Amendment Right in NJ
Monday, February 10, 2014
Will Submit Amicus Brief in John M. Drake, et. al. v. Edward A. Jerejian, et. al.
Fairfax, VA - The National Rifle Association announced today that it intends to file an amicus brief in a case that would help protect the rights of New Jersey’s law-abiding gun owners to carry handguns outside of their homes for self-defense.
“Law-abiding citizens have a constitutional right to defend themselves beyond their front doorstep,” said Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “New Jersey law unconstitutionally forces lawful gun owners to prove ‘justifiable need’ in order to carry a handgun for self-defense, showing specific threats, or prior attacks. This is absurd. Our fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms is not limited to the home.”
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