May 8, 2014: This week the Supreme Court opted not to review a challenge to New Jersey’s restrictive approach on issuing permits to carry. The plaintiff in the case applied for a permit to carry a firearm in order to defend himself because his job involved him transporting large quantities of cash. When his application was denied on the basis that he did not have an “urgent necessity for self-protection,” he filed the lawsuit arguing that New Jersey’s “urgent necessity” requirement violates the Second Amendment. In upholding New Jersey’s restrictive approach, the Third Circuit noted that it is unclear whether the Second Amendment right to bear arms extends beyond the home. By contrast, earlier this year the Ninth Circuit and Seventh Circuit both decided cases in which they held that the right to bear arms does extend beyond the home. It was hoped that the Supreme Court would take the opportunity to resolve the right to carry dispute. Although the Supreme Court elected not to do so, it may ultimately have an opportunity to resolve the dispute as a part of a petition for review of the Ninth Circuit or Seventh Circuit decisions.