Summary: Federal lawsuit challenging "sensitive location" carry bans in New Jersey as unconstitutional under the Second Amendment.
Plaintiffs: Ronald Koons, Nicholas Gaudio, Jeffrey Muller, Gil Tal, Second Amendment Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, Coalition of New Jersey Firearms Owners, and New Jersey Second Amendment Society
Defendants: New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin and New Jersey State Police Superintendent Patrick Callahan.
Litigation Counsel: David Jensen
Docket: D. NJ case no. 1:22-cv-07464 | CourtListener Docket
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Key Events & Filings:
- 2023-3-8: Letter
- 2023-3-7: TEXT ORDER This matter comes before the Court upon the March 3, 2023, letter filed by Defendants advising the Court that Defendants will appeal, and seek a stay of, this Court's Orders on Plaintiffs' TRO Motions. The Court makes the following observations. Following this Court's decisions on those motions, the parties agreed to their own briefing schedule on Plaintiffs' Motions for a Preliminary Injunction and later extended the date for Plaintiffs to file reply briefs to February 24, 2023. The Court since received over 2000 pages in briefing from the parties, the intervenors, and amici curiae, including numerous certifications with exhibits annexed thereto from Defendants, with the last filing of another certification by Defendants yesterday, on March 6, 2023. Given the parties' agreement on the briefing schedule, consent for time extensions, and conduct, the parties led this Court to conclude that they had agreed that "good cause" existed to extend the duration of the TROs throughout the Preliminary Injunction phase of this litigation. Defendants have now seemed to alter the course they agreed to with Plaintiffs and represented to this Court. Notwithstanding, the Court intends to hold oral argument on Plaintiffs' Motions for a Preliminary Injunction on March 17, 2023, at 10:00 a.m., to address several issues that Defendants did not sufficiently address in their briefs. The Court notes, however, that if Defendants file an appeal as stated in their letter and the appeal is taken, the Court questions whether it still retains jurisdiction to hear this matter and, thus, will require the parties to address the issue of the Court's continued jurisdiction because of Defendants' appeal.
- 2023-3-3: Letter
- 2023-2-25: Koons Plaintiffs’ Reply Brief
- 2023-2-13: Defendants’ Brief in Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Motions for Preliminary Injunction
- 2023-2-13: Brief of Intervenors-Defendants New Jersey Senate President Nicholas P. Scutari and New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin in Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary Injunction
- 2023-2-7: Amended Complaint
- 2023-1-31: TEXT ORDER This matter comes before the Court upon a letter submission from the Siegel Plaintiffs, requesting that the Court clarify its Order and Opinion, dated January 30, 2023. The Court's Order did, in fact, "deny relief as to all playgrounds regardless of whether they are affiliated with schools" or parks.
- 2023-1-30: Order Granting Motion to Intervene
- 2023-1-30: Opinion
- 2023-1-24: Motion to Intervene on Behalf of New Jersey Senate President Nicholas P. Scutari and New Jersey Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin
- 2023-1-12: Letter
- 2023-1-9: Order
- 2023-1-9: Opinion Granting Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order
- 2023-1-5: TRO Hearing Transcript
- 2023-1-3: Plaintiffs' Reply Brief
- 2022-12-30: Letter from Defendant William Reynolds, Atlantic County Prosecutor, in Opposition to Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order
- 2022-12-30: State Defendants’ Brief in Opposition to Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order
- 2022-12-30: Brief on Behalf of Defendant Grace C. MacAulay, Camden County Prosecutor, in Opposition to Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order
- 2022-12-26: Letter
- 2022-12-26: Letter
- 2022-12-26: Order to Show Cause for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction
- 2022-12-24: Plaintiffs’ Brief in Support of a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction
- 2022-12-22: Complaint