Case Information: Ass’n of N.J. Rifle & Pistol Clubs v. City of Jersey City, No. 63385 (N.J., filed Jan. 8, 2009)
At issue: Challenging city ordinance limiting handgun purchases to one per person per month. Various gun dealers and rifle and pistol clubs filed suit against the City of Jersey City to invalidate an ordinance that limited handgun purchases to one per month. A New Jersey Superior Court struck down the ordinance on the grounds that state law preempted the field of firearm regulation and the ordinance conflicted with state law governing permits to purchase handguns. Defendants appealed to the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court, which affirmed the lower court ruling on September 29, 2008.
Law Center’s Brief: Our amicus brief was filed in the New Jersey Supreme Court in support of a petition for certification to the New Jersey Supreme Court. The brief argues in support of Jersey City’s authority to regulate the sale of firearms and in support of the general authority New Jersey municipalities have been granted to regulate the sale and use of firearms in the interest of public safety. The brief was filed to encourage the New Jersey Supreme Court to hear the case.