Jersey City Mayor Loses in Court, Continues to Push Anti-Gun Ordinance
JERSEY CITY, NJ--A state appellate court struck down Mayor Jerramiah Healy's "one handgun a month" ordinance for Jersey City, but Healy is hoping state legislators will make it a state law instead.
The New Jersey Appellate Division issued a decision upholding a 2006 Hudson County Superior Court ruling that invalidated the Jersey City ordinance that would limit handgun purchases to one per month per individual.
The ordinance had been pushed by Healy and approved by the City Council in 2006.
But it met with opposition from various gun rights advocates, including longtime Jersey City gun dealer Frank Caso and the New Jersey chapter of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
On Monday, Healy held a press conference in front of City Hall to announce he is working with state legislators to make the ordinance a state law.
State Assemblywoman Joan Quigley (D-Jersey City) announced at the conference that she will push the one-handgun bill she had already co-sponsored with Assemblyman Joe Vas (D-Perth Amboy). It passed in the Assembly in June but it has to be approved in the state Senate before it can be signed into law by Gov. Jon Corzine.