NJ to Wyoming: Butt Out of Our Gun Laws
Star-Ledger slams legal meddling with concealed-carry law
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2014 1:50 AM CST
Guns cover tables in front of Camden Mayor Dana Redd, center left, and New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, center at podium, after a gun buyback event.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – New Jersey's biggest newspaper isn't happy about Wyoming's attempt to meddle in its gun laws. It seems Wyoming is leading a coalition of 19 states supporting a man's Supreme Court challenge to New Jersey's concealed-carry law, and the Star-Ledger think the least populated state in the union should "butt out." States "have broad powers to set gun policy, and in ours, a strong majority supports strict laws," the paper says in a blistering editorial, explaining that most people in the state don't want to worry that "the guy they’re fighting with over a parking spot might be packing heat."

"Do they want us meddling in their gun laws?" the paper asks, noting that Wyoming's loose gun laws are a threat to New Jersey because they make it easy for criminals to bring guns east. Wyoming ranked 6th in gun deaths per capita in 2010, the paper says, concluding that "the problem isn’t our laws. It’s yours." Wyoming's governor, however, says his state is supporting the New Jersey man's challenge to the state's requirement for concealed-carry permit holders to prove a "justifiable need" because the case "impacts the right to keep and bear arms outside of the home," the AP reports.

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aunuts
Feb 21, 2014 10:19 AM CST
Lest you forget people can walk the streets at night with no fear in Wyoming. Can you do that in liberal New Jersey, New York, California?
aunuts
Feb 21, 2014 10:15 AM CST
Let me think. We are supposed to not judge muslims because of a few nuts, but judge all gun owners because of a few nuts. Methinks that there be many nuts on this site.
westword6
Feb 21, 2014 9:38 AM CST
As a matter of principle, I support the 2nd Amendment, but here's what worries me: These days, we have too many people running around who have no ethics, no morals, no sense of personal responsibility, no self control, no regard for their fellow human beings. And most of them are legally entitled to buy and own and carry firearms. How do we separate the wheat from the chaff? How do we keep guns out of the hands of people who are not grown up enough to have them?