Updates on Permits to Carry Firearms (Part 4)

by | Oct 23, 2023 | Blog, Criminal Law, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Ocean County

The list of prohibited places continues with the following: (17) a privately or publicly owned and operated entertainment facility within this State, including but not limited to a theater, stadium, museum, arena, racetrack or other place where performances, concerts, exhibits, games or contests are held; (18) a casino and related facilities, including but not limited to appurtenant hotels, retail premises, restaurant and bar facilities, and entertainment and recreational venues located within the casino property; (19) a plant or operation that produces, converts, distributes or stores energy or converts one form of energy to another; (20) an airport or public transportation hub; (21) a health care facility, including but not limited to a general hospital, special hospital, psychiatric hospital, public health center, diagnostic center, treatment center, rehabilitation center, extended care facility, skilled nursing home, nursing home, intermediate care facility, tuberculosis hospital, chronic disease hospital, maternity hospital, outpatient clinic, dispensary, assisted living center, home health care agency, residential treatment facility, residential health care facility, medical office, or ambulatory care facility;

The ”but not limited to” language makes the already vague prohibitions even vaguer. Many public places can be described as “entertainment facilities.” The specific examples given are not even limited to indoor facilities. There also does not appear to be any requirement that the facilities conspicuously post a sign at their entrances indicating that firearms are prohibited.

The vague prohibitions support the inference that they are intentionally overbroad and vague as a means to undermine the Bruen decision. Many people with permits to carry would rather leave their firearms at home than risk being criminally charged for unknowingly bringing them into a prohibited place.

A transducer is an electronic device that converts one form of energy to another. Many can fit inside the palm of your hand. There is no way of knowing from the outside (or most of the inside) if a given location contains one.