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  • NJ A3689
  • Codifies regulations defining justifiable need to carry handgun.
Introduced
(5/19/2016)
In Committee
(6/20/2016)
Crossed Over
(6/16/2016)
Passed
(6/27/2016)
SignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill codifies the definition of justifiable need to carry a handgun as set forth in N.J.A.C.13:54-2.4. Under current law, in order to lawfully carry a handgun in public it is necessary for a private citizen to obtain a permit to carry a handgun. Applicants for a permit to carry a handgun need the approval of the chief of police in the municipality where they reside and the approval of the Superior Court judge in the county where they reside. Approval is contingent upon an applicant submitting, with an application, a written certification establishing justifiable need. Under current regulations (N.J.A.C.13:54-2.4), justifiable need is defined as the urgent necessity for self-protection, as evidenced by specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant's life that cannot be avoided by means other than by issuance of a permit to carry. This bill codifies this definition in statute. Proposed amendments to N.J.A.C.13:54-2.4 add "serious threats" to the circumstances that could demonstrate a special danger to the applicant's life that could be specified in the written certification of justifiable need. In addition, the proposed amendments also specify that a permit to carry a handgun can be issued based on a special danger to the applicant's life that cannot be avoided by other "reasonable" means. According to the sponsor, current law and judicial interpretations of the justifiable need standard clearly require demonstration of an urgent necessity for protection from a specific threat to one's life rather than a mere generalized fear of concern. Therefore, the proposed amendment to N.J.A.C.13:54-2.4 expanding the scope of the right to carry well beyond that authorized under current law and judicial interpretation is inconsistent with the Legislature's intent to strictly limit who carries a handgun outside the home in this State.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Law and Public Safety, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Received by the Assembly
Conditional Veto, Received in the Assembly  (on 9/8/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
9/8/2016 A Conditional Veto, Received in the Assembly
6/27/2016 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (22-17)
6/27/2016 S Substituted for S2165 (1R)
6/20/2016 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
6/20/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Hearing (09:30 6/20/2016 Committee Room 10, 3rd Floor)
6/20/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Hearing (10:30 6/20/2016 Committee Room 10, 3rd Floor)
6/16/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
6/16/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (46-28-1)
6/2/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
6/2/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Hearing (14:00 6/2/2016 Committee Room 13, 4th Floor)
5/19/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/27/2016 Senate Floor: Substitute For S2165 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 6/27/2016 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 22 17 1
Detail 6/20/2016 Senate Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported Favorably 3 2 0
Detail 6/16/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 46 28 6
Detail 6/2/2016 Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported with Amendments 5 3 1