Christie Announces New Jersey Gun Law Reforms

April 27, 2016 · by RLF Attorneys · in

gunIn response to the murder of Carol Browne in April 2015, Governor Chris Christie has enacted a new policy that loosens New Jersey’s strict gun control laws. Browne, a Berlin Township resident, applied for a firearm permit after securing a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend. The application was delayed past the allotted 30-day processing time and no gun permit was issued. Two months later, Ms. Browne was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend in the driveway of her home.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, Governor Christie announced that the state will now offer New Jersey residents quicker processing times for obtaining gun permits. In addition, serious threats, including those “not directed specifically at an individual but which establish more than mere generalized fears or concerns,” will now be considered a justifiable need for a firearm permit.
Christie also took the opportunity to clarify New Jersey’s strict but vague gun transport law, which allows residents to make reasonable deviations from their direct courses of travel when traveling with a firearm in the car. Reasonable deviations now cover stopping for gas or to use the restroom, amongst others.
This reformation may significantly impact New Jersey gun laws as up until now permits have been granted almost exclusively to former law enforcement officers and armed security guards. However, gun rights activists question the effectiveness of this change as no effort has been made to punish police officers who do not speed up processing times or otherwise thwart a permit application.
New Jersey has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation and there are additional restrictions and consequences if there is a restraining order out against you. If you are looking to fight a restraining order that has been filed against you in New Jersey, contact the Rosenblum Law Firm today. Mr. Rosenblum is a skilled defense attorney who can help fighting the restraining order as well as any unlawful gun possession charges. For a free consultation, email him or call 888-815-3649 today.