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Third Circuit Reversal: NJ’s Concealed Carry Restrictions In ‘Sensitive Places’ Back In Effect

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has partially permitted a New Jersey state ban on concealed carry of firearms in “sensitive places,” including libraries, museums, and restaurants. This comes after a lower court partially blocked the law, which was passed following the Supreme Court’s ruling recognizing an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.

The Third Circuit did not uphold other components of the law, like the liability insurance requirement for public firearm carry. This decision is an interim measure while more expedited proceedings take place, countering the objections of a group of gun owners who disputed the regulations.

“We are extremely gratified that the Third Circuit recognized what we have always said: New Jersey is likely to win this case because our sensitive-places law complies with the Second Amendment,” said Attorney General Matt Platin. “The Third Circuit correctly stayed the district court’s dangerous injunction that allowed individuals to carry weapons into places like parks and zoos, libraries and museums, bars and casinos, and permitted demonstrations. This is a tremendous win for public safety, and we will continue fighting for our law.”

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