In states where concealed carry laws are liberalized, crime goes down, because criminals do not know who is “packing heat.” Criminals prey on the defenseless. That is why New Jersey’s “may issue” permit regs are grossly anti-Second Amendment and anti-self-defense.
The right to self-defense is a natural right of the people. Any attempt to restore that right should be applauded not condemned. HR-822 is a step in the right direction, finally allowing Americans to defend themselves no matter where they travel in the United States. For New Jerseyans, liberalizing the concealed carry permit process will reduce crime in high crime neighborhoods.
If NJ wants to help inner city residents live in a more peaceful and secure environment, she should take the lead and introduce legislation that restores the people’s Second Amendment rights in N.J., including liberalizing the right to carry a concealed firearm.