A recent motion by the New Jersey Attorney General (AG) to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges the state's handgun carry laws has raised the ire of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF).
The SAF, along with the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs and six private citizens, claimed that the state's "justifiable need" gun permit standard violates the 2nd Amendment. However, the AG threw out the lawsuit and asserted that misuse and accidental use of handguns pose serious dangers to society.
SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb called the AG's motion "predictable and disappointing."
"Considering that there are more than 6.2 million law-abiding citizens licensed to carry in 48 states, and that many of these people have either intervened in, or prevented crimes by their mere presence, New Jersey's position on this issue simply defies common sense," said Gottlieb.
Gun control issues have been widely debated since the Jan. 8 shootings in Tucson, Ariz., and recent media reports indicate that President Barack Obama is set to introduce plans for tougher policies that would make it harder to possess firearms.
Speaking at the Safari Club International's convention in Reno, Nev. over the weekend, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told a group of gun rights supporters that they need to "keep tabs on what the White House is telling us" as the President intends to "infringe further upon our 2nd Amendment rights," quoted by Newsweek.