NJ vs Bruen: Legal Whack-a-Mole

Spoiler alert: Bruen is winning.

NJ vs Bruen
Photo Credit: Wikipedia user Lowlova
As reported in The Reload, the ongoing NJ vs Bruen saga has begun to resemble an argument between a teenager and their parents, establishing hard boundaries for the first time. Not alone in its protestations, CA, NY, HI, OR, WA, and others have also attempted to get around the SCOTUS ruling they clearly don’t like, with legislation and ballot measures both. For some inscrutable reason though, the court system seems to keep siding with the Supreme Court. As we enter the second year of NJ vs Bruen, the state and its cohort of anti-rights compatriats keep running headlong into Bruen like Wile E. Coyote into a painted cliff face, seemingly expecting different results each time.

While it is certainly an interesting spectacle to watch, it’s also generally concerning. The fact that so many Governors, Attorney’s General, and legislators seem to think that a ruling from the highest court in the land, interpreting the most powerful legal document in the country, is something they can simply “end around”. SCOTUS rulings are not a technical issue or strong suggestion to be hurdled or avoided. Until such time as it is overturned, Bruen is the law of the land, and in the NJ vs Bruen fight, I know where I’m placing my bets.

It would even be amusing to watch –like the previously mentioned cartoon– were it not for the volumes of taxpayer money that each of these states is hemorrhaging to write, lobby for, pass, and now defend these doomed-from-the-start laws in state and federal court. They are wasting all the money defending, if you missed it, against the Supreme Court. It would be one thing if they were arguing broad strokes, but instead they are currently mired in minutiae about how broadly and poorly they can define “sensitive areas” where the concealed carry permits they are now forced to issue are moot.

It may take years for this all to shake out, across so many states, affecting so many people who just want to enjoy all of their enumerated rights in peace. All of this time and money is wasted in a petulant attempt to pretend that the Second Amendment doesn’t apply to their citizens because, well, “guns bad”. As CA, HI, NY and other following in these footsteps are all watching each other’s cases for clues as to what might happen, NJ vs Bruen gives a glimpse into the future, and for them at least, it’s not bright.
Lars Smith
Lars is one of Gat's Wordmancers, having come to the company after years of experience in biology, agriculture, management, marketing, and writing. He found the gun community through prepping, and after realizing where he was on the Dunning-Kruger scale, jumped into the self-defense community with both feet. Since then, the 80 hours of professional firearms instruction he's taken has only made him hungry for more.