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W.Va. Attorney General joins amicus curiae to support Second Amendment

Local - 2/17/2014 11:00 AM by Rebecca Turco
CHARLESTON - West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced his support of a New Jersey man's challenge to the state's concealed weapons permitting law. 

Morrisey said West Virginia has joined 18 other states in an amicus curiae, or "friend of the court," brief to defend the Second Amendment. The case challenges New Jersey's requirement that concealed carry permit applicants must demonstrate a "justifiable need" to carry a handgun outside of the home. 

The court's decision could impact the rights of law-abiding West Virginians who legally carry handguns, according to Morrisey. "The protections currently provided to these permit holders could be pre-empted by any future federal action that would want to tighten the requirements of concealed carry permits," he explained.

Morrisey and the 18 other states are asking the Supreme Court to consider hearing an appeal of this decision and to clarify that the Second Amendment protects the right to carry a gun outside of the home. 

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced today that West Virginia has joined 18 other states in an amicus curiae, or "friend of the court," brief in support of a New Jersey man's challenge to the state's concealed weapons permitting law. The brief was filed on behalf of the other states by Wyoming Attorney General Peter K. Michael.
 
The case, Drake v. Jerejian, challenges New Jersey's requirement that concealed carry permit applicants must demonstrate a "justifiable need" to carry a handgun outside of the home. The other states who have also joined in the brief are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and South Dakota. 

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