NJ Lawmakers Will Challenge Christie Handgun Permit Rule

Mar 7, 2017

New Jersey Statehouse
Credit Phil Gregory

Governor Christie's decision to change the rules on applying for a handgun carry permit in New Jersey is getting a mixed reaction.

Christie's new regulation allows police officials who approve carry permits to consider evidence of serious threats not directed specifically against an individual.

Scott Bach leads the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, and he says it's a good move.

"For far too long the state of New Jersey has actively denied the right of people to defend themselves outside their home with a firearm, and this is a small incremental step in the right direction."

Democrats in the New Jersey legislature say they'll fight Christie's decision.

Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto says the regulation is not consistent with legislative intent.

"In the state of New Jersey we have pretty strict gun laws and at this point in time I don't think there's the want to loosen those laws and potentially have somebody carrying concealed weapons that shouldn't be."

The legislature approved a resolution last year to block the regulation, but Christie administration officials say that wasn't transmitted to the executive branch. 

Prieto and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg say lawmakers are now considering legal action.