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Legislature Files Lawsuit Challenging Christie Administration Move to Loosen Firearm Carry Permit Restrictions

The New Jersey Legislature on Friday filed a lawsuit in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court challenging the validity of a Christie Administration rule expanding the justifiable need standard for issuing handgun carry permits in the state. In its filing, the Legislature asked the court to block the administration’s regulations from taking effect pending the outcome of the case.

The lawsuit comes after the Legislature in March voted to support the legal action by way of a resolution (SCR-149) sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto.