NJ Panel Recommends Easing Gun Restrictions

posted on December 24, 2015

A New Jersey panel appointed by Gov. Chris Christie has recommended easing some restrictions on gun ownership.

The three-member Firearm Permitting and Purchase Study Commission found that local jurisdictions were applying the law “unevenly” to citizens applying for permits to carry or purchase firearms, and recommended the state attorney general direct local police to establish a “uniform set of criteria.” The panel also recommended slight changes to the wording of the state’s “may-issue” definition. 

New Jersey’s hostility toward Second Amendment rights is well-documented, as evidenced by the case of Carol Bowne, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in her driveway while waiting for local authorities to approve her application to purchase a handgun. The state is even less friendly to otherwise lawful gun owners from other states, whom N.J. officials have arrested and vigorously prosecuted for inadvertently transporting their guns across the state.

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