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STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
PATRICK MORRISEY
Phone: 304-558-2021
Email: communications@wvago.gov
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Beth Ryan
Phone: (304) 558-2021


Release Date: February 17, 2014

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Joins 18 Other States in Defending Second Amendment



CHARLESTON — 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.

"This court’s decision could have a significant impact on the rights of law-abiding West Virginians who legally carry handguns if this decision stands," Attorney General Morrisey said. "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. That’s why I thought it was important to join these 18 other states in 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."

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.

A copy of the brief is available on the Attorney General's website here .