Portions of a new gun law passed in New Jersey were blocked Monday after a federal judge ruled that certain provisions in the legislation, especially as it pertains to where a firearm can and cannot be carried, are unconstitutional.
The laws were signed by Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Dec. 22.
District Judge Renée Marie Bumb enacted a temporary restraining order on the law’s “sensitive places” restrictions, arguing they violate the Second Amendment rights of New Jersey citizens, per the ruling.
These so-called “sensitive places” where one would be legally prohibited from carrying a firearm include concealed carry at schools, public parks, courthouses, bars, and private property.
In addition to posting a news article on the matter, the Daily Caller praised the news, posting online, “Now that’s a judge who knows how to protect the Constitution.”
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“Plaintiffs have shown that Defendants will not be able to demonstrate a history of firearm regulation to support any of the challenged provisions,” Bumb wrote. “The deprivation of Plaintiffs’ Second Amendment rights, as the holders of valid permits from the State to conceal carry handguns, constitutes irreparable injury, and neither the State nor the public has an interest in enforcing unconstitutional laws.”
“Accordingly, good cause exists, and the Court will grant the motion for temporary restraints,” continued the judge.
Bumb additionally stated that the New Jersey government could only regulate conduct protected by the Second Amendment “only if supported by a historical tradition of firearm regulation,” and that the plaintiffs proved the defendants “will not be able to demonstrate a history of firearm regulation to support any of the challenged provisions.”
New Jersey Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho alleged that supporters of the law intentionally rushed it through the Legislature in an effort to bypass the will of the Supreme Court.
“The federal judge’s ruling, which validates what we have been saying, is a victory for the 2nd Amendment and the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves both in public and in private. We look forward to the offending provisions of the law being permanently struck down,” Oroho said.
A spokesperson for Democrat New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy criticized the ruling, reportedly referring to it as an “errant” decision from a “right-wing federal judge.”
The decision deeming the laws unconstitutional was widely expected, especially after the Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle And Pistol Association v. Bruen, according to The Reload.