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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks before The Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award was presented to Judge Ralph Winter, Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit at the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse in Foley Square on Thursday, September 28, 2017. .(Photo by David Handschuh/NYLJ) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (photo by David Handschuh/NYLJ)

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to New Jersey’s law concerning the right to carry a handgun in public, although two dissenting justices said the court should have heard the case.

The high court’s decision lets stand a U.S. District Court ruling that rejected a challenge to New Jersey’s law requiring anyone seeking a permit to carry a weapon to prove they have a justifiable need. But Justices Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh said in a 19-page dissenting opinion that they saw the case as an opportunity to provide guidance to lower courts and to resolve a split among the circuits.

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Charles Toutant

Charles Toutant is a litigation writer for the New Jersey Law Journal.

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