Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - Bill of Rights

"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Supreme Court of the United States declines to hear challenge to NJ gun law

By United Press International - 5/  

The Supreme Court on Monday shied away from tackling a case limiting the extent of the Second Amendment, declining to review a challenge to a New Jersey law prohibiting most people from carrying a gun in public.

The court's decision not to hear the case -- Drake v. Jerejian -- lets stand several lower court rulings to uphold a law that requires gun owners to demonstrate an urgent need to be approved to carry a handgun outside the home for self defense, openly or concealed.
Backing the challenge, the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners Foundation argued before the court that the law violated the Second Amendment right that "guarantees the right to carry weapons for the purpose of self-defense -- not just for self-defense within the home, but for self-defense, period."

But demonstrating "justifiable need," the state said, "qualifies as a presumptively lawful, longstanding regulation that does not burden conduct within the scope of the Second Amendment's guarantee."

New Jersey's law requires applicants for handgun permits to get approval from both a police official and a judge.

While the court has turned away similar cases on at least two occasions, it ruled in 2008's District of Columbia v. Heller in favor of allowing D.C. residents to keep handguns within their own homes for self defense.

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