New Jersey – -(Ammoland.com)-This afternoon, Governor Christie announced that his administration has formally adopted his historic 2016 police regulations incrementally expanding right-to-carry to those facing serious threats, notwithstanding a series of procedural maneuvers by anti-gun lawmakers trying to kill those regulations since May of last year.
Outraged by even the slightest change empowering citizens to protect themselves, anti-gun lawmakers last year fast-tracked bills to kill the new regulations before they were even formally adopted. An obscure provision of the New Jersey Constitution allows the legislature to unilaterally invalidate regulations which conflict with legislative intent.
But the legislature has never expressed any intent over what precisely constitutes “justifiable need” to carry a handgun – that has been interpreted by the State Supreme Court, and the new Christie regulations are entirely consistent with that interpretation. Also, the legislature failed to comply with key technical requirements needed to invalidate the regulation, dooming their effort to failure.