Supreme Court Rules Against “Justifiable Need” For Concealed Carry

( After the US Supreme Court overturned New York’s “proper cause” requirement for a concealed carry permit, New Jersey’s acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin quickly issued a directive to state law enforcement and prosecutors notifying them that the Court’s ruling has an impact on New Jersey’s “justifiable need” requirement as well.

Platkin said the ruling doesn’t eliminate all of New Jersey’s permit requirements, but it does prevent the state from enforcing the requirement to demonstrate a “justifiable need” to carry a firearm.

In his directive, Platkin said effectively immediately, New Jersey would no longer require applicants to submit the “written certification of justifiable need.” The directive will remain in effect “unless or until” it is “repealed, amended, or superseded by Order of the Attorney General.”

California also dropped its “proper cause” requirement in concealed carry permit applications in response to the SCOTUS ruling.

Attorney General Rob Bonta released a directive to California law enforcement and prosecutors notifying them that the permitting agencies in the state will no longer apply the “good cause” standard to those seeking to obtain a concealed carry permit.

Six states have laws similar to the New York requirement the Supreme Court overturned.

And while New Jersey and California moved away from the “proper cause” requirement, New York State decided to skirt the ruling by violating not only the 2nd Amendment but the 1st Amendment as well.

On Friday, Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a measure requiring concealed carry permit applicants to provide three years of social media history and written character references so the state can determine if the applicants are of “good moral character” and worthy of receiving a concealed carry permit.

And if by some wild stretch of the imagination an applicant manages to secure a concealed carry permit in New York, the law pretty much prevents a permit holder from carrying his weapon anywhere in the state.

The measure would ban guns in so-called “sensitive locations” including public transportation, churches, schools, parks, any place that serves alcohol, hospitals, sporting and entertainment venues, government buildings, polling places, and Times Square.

It is expected New York’s new law will face legal challenges.