N.J. Attorney General Acknowledges N.J. Must Now Go “Shall-Issue” on Concealed Cary Permits


AG’s Enforcement Directive No. 22-07, issued Friday, makes clear that (efficient instantly) candidates not have to submit a “written certification of justifiable want to hold a handgun.” As with California, it seems that no additional legislative change is required for New Jersey’s may-issue system to change to, successfully, shall-issue.

The legislation nonetheless continues to require, although, that the applicant “be endorsed by three respected individuals who’ve recognized the applicant for at the least three years previous the date of software, and who shall additionally certify thereon that the applicant is an individual of excellent ethical character and conduct.” As I discussed in my publish in regards to the California AG’s letter, it isn’t clear to me that such a character-reference requirement is a permissible situation for exercising what the Court has mentioned is a constitutional proper. The Court has made clear that goal disqualifications for issues similar to felony conviction or psychological sickness are constitutionally permissible, however requiring character references as to “good ethical character and conduct” strikes me as a lot tougher to justify.

I perceive why folks would possibly suppose that somebody who cannot spherical up even three individuals who can communicate extremely of him is prone to be an odd duck. (Note that the folks needn’t be New Jersey residents, so this should not be an enormous burden even to individuals who have simply moved to New Jersey.) Still, it appears to me {that a} constitutional proper cannot be a proper on the sufferance of 1’s associates or acquaintances.

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