Yesterday, Gov. Chris Christie announced the adoption of a revised regulation of New Jersey’s Firearm Laws that will increase the odds that local law enforcement will approve residents' applications for permission to carry a handgun.
Christie's attorney general, Christopher Porrino, announced his office had formally adopted the April 2016 recommendations of the governor's panel on firearms and would now consider any "serious threat" against the life of a New Jersey citizen as meeting the legal requirement for a "justifiable need" for a carry permit.
The revised regulation stems from a United States Supreme Court case titled Stephens vs Jerejian, in which Marc Stephens is currently seeking to strike down New Jersey’s Firearm law as facially unconstitutional, and in violation of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
Due to receiving multiple death threats, Marc Stephens wanted to transfer his legal firearms from the State of California to New Jersey, but feared being arrested due to New Jersey’s strict Firearm laws, which Marc claim are facially unconstitutional.
Congressman Tom MacArthur, the only New Jersey lawmaker supporting the concealed carry bill, said gun owners shouldn't have to fear arrest when they cross state lines.
On January 11, 2013, Stephens was compelled to file an application for a license to carry a firearm with the Englewood Police Department. The application was denied by the Chief of Police.
Marc Stephens immediately filed an appeal with the Superior Court in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Stephens was order by the court to meet with Sgt. Pulice of the Englewood Police Department regarding the multiple death threats.
During a firearm hearing in front of Judge Edward Jerejian of the Superior Court in Hackensack, Sergeant Alston of the Englewood Police Department testified that Marc Stephens had ‘no disqualifiers’, and was ‘not’ a threat to public safety.
Sergeant Pulice of the Englewood Police Department ‘testified’ that the multiple death threats against Marc Stephens are “serious threats”.
The court was supposed to approve the application because Marc met the legal requirement for a "justifiable need" to carry based on "serious threats".
Despite all of the documented and testimonial evidence confirming multiple death threats towards Marc Stephens, Judge Jerejian ‘denied’ Marc’s application for a firearm based on NJSA 2C:58-3(c)(5) – Public Health, Safety and Welfare.
The judge opinioned that Marc Stephens is trying to take the law into his own hands by not cooperating and denying the assistance of police officers.
The governor's new regulations allows a chief of police or the State Police superintendent to consider evidence of "serious threats" that are not directed specifically at an individual, but establish "more than mere generalized fears or concerns" when considering a gun permit application.
The New Jersey Legislature has filed a lawsuit in a attempt to roll back the new rule by Gov. Christie’s administration making it easier for citizens to qualify for a permit to carry a handgun.
"Houston, we have a problem," said state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen).
"We will not allow the Christie administration to dictate changes to our laws. The Legislature found the regulations to be inconsistent with legislative intent, and voted to block them from taking effect", says Weinberg.
In its lawsuit, the Legislature argues the rule change will lead to an “unnecessary increase” in carry permits.
"To put it simply, if these regulations were adopted, it would allow every cab driver, pizza delivery driver, Uber driver and anyone else living or working in a high-crime neighborhood to qualify for a firearm permit," Weinberg said.
For more than 45 years, New Jersey has had some of the toughest handgun carry permit regulations in the nation.
Marc Stephens second amendment case which is scheduled to be in front of the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States on April 13, 2017, reveals that New Jersey Legislature passed its gun laws due to slaves having the liberty to carry firearms.
Marc’s legal argument is that New Jersey’s firearm laws were created only for slaves, not citizens.
“Loretta Weinberg and Gov. Christie apparently never read the second amendment to the United States Constitution, or the rulings of Heller and McDonalds which clearly ruled that States cannot enact gun control laws, and cannot interfere with the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms”, says Marc Stephens.
"We applaud Gov. Christie's attempt to loosen New Jersey's draconian and antiquated gun laws," wrote Alexander Roubian, the president of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, in an email to NJ Advance Media on Monday.
"But we expected the extremists in the Legislature to block any attempts."
The Legislature’s lawsuit, filed with the Appellate Division last week, asks the court to stay the rule pending appeal. A judge on Friday denied the motion.
Many judges, prosecutors, politicians, and law enforcement officers around the country did not know the true reasons behind gun control laws until they read Marc Stephens' legal briefs.
Marc Stephens exposed the gun control laws so much, Congress is also considering a bill that would require all states to honor concealed firearm carry permits.
Marc Stephens is waking up America. If you read Marc Stephens' Petition for Writ of Certiorari it will blow your mind.
Many politicians tweeted about Stephens vs Jerejian, including current Municipal GOP Vice-Chairman Chauncey I Brown III from the City of Paterson who is currently running for Mayor.