So another court decides that the Bill of Rights doesn’t mean what it says. From Bloomberg News:

New Jersey’s law requiring residents show a “justifiable need” to get a permit to carry a handgun in public was upheld by a federal appeals court.

A mandate that residents demonstrate an “urgent necessity for self-protection” to get authorization to publicly carry a handgun doesn’t run afoul of U.S. constitutional protections of the right to bear firearms, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled today.

“The justifiable need standard is a longstanding regulation that enjoys presumptive constitutionality,” the panel wrote.

Presumptive, huh? Isn’t that what pols in D.C. and Illinois thought, too, until the SCOTUS disabused them of that notion?

By the way; notice that this article, like almost every MSM story about gun control or legislation or what-have-you, has the obligatory mention of the Newtown shooting.

Well, I left N.J. 20-years-ago and don’t regret it one bit.

Update 8/3: The NJ state supreme court has agreed to take up the issue.