Persons seeking a permit to carry a handgun run into Section 13:54-2.4 of the New Jersey Administrative Code. Here is what it says:
N.J.A.C. 13:54-2.4 Application for a permit to carry a handgun
(a) Every person applying for a permit to carry a handgun shall furnish such information and particulars as set forth in the application form designated SP 642. The application shall be signed
by the applicant under oath and shall be endorsed by three reputable persons who have known the applicant for at least three years preceding the date of application, and who shall also certify thereon that the applicant is a person of good moral character and behavior. Applications can be obtained at police departments and State Police stations.
(b) Each applicant shall demonstrate a thorough familiarity with the safe handling and use of handguns by indicating in the space provided therefor on the application form, and on any sworn attachments thereto, any relevant information. Thorough familiarity with the safe handling and use of handguns shall be evidenced by:
1. Completion of a firearms training course substantially equivalent to the firearms
training approved by the Police Training Commission as described by N.J.S.A. 2C:39-6j;
2. Submission of an applicant's most recent handgun qualification scores utilizing the
handgun(s) he or she intends to carry as evidenced by test firings administered by a
certified firearms instructor of a police academy, a certified firearms instructor of the
National Rifle Association, or any other recognized certified firearms instructor; and
3. Passage of any test in this State's laws governing the use of force administered by a
certified instructor of a police academy, a certified instructor of the National Rifle
Association, or any other recognized certified instructor.
(c) The information in (b) above shall be accompanied and validated by certifications of the
(d) Each application form shall also be accompanied by a written certification of justifiable
need to carry a handgun, which shall be under oath and which:
1. In the case of a private citizen shall specify in detail the urgent necessity for selfprotection,
as evidenced by specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a
special danger to the applicant's life that cannot be avoided by means other than by
issuance of a permit to carry a handgun. Where possible the applicant shall corroborate
the existence of any specific threats or previous attacks by reference to reports of such
incidents to the appropriate law enforcement agencies; or
2. In the case of employees of private detective agencies, armored car companies and
private security companies, that:
i. In the course of performing statutorily authorized duties, the applicant is subject
to a substantial threat of serious bodily harm; and
ii. That carrying a handgun by the applicant is necessary to reduce the threat of
unjustifiable serious bodily harm to any person.
(e) The completed application together with two sets of the applicant's fingerprints and fees as
established by N.J.A.C. 13:59 in accordance with N.J.S.A. 53:1-20.5 et seq., four photographs (1
1/2 x 1 1/2 square), a consent for mental health records search form designated SP 66, and a
permit fee of $ 20.00 payable to the County Clerk where the permit is to be issued shall be
submitted to the chief police officer of the municipality in which the applicant resides, or the
1. If there is no full time police department in the municipality where the applicant
2. If the applicant is a non-resident of this State or if the applicant is an employee of an
armored car company.
N.J.A.C. 13:54-2.4 is an obscenity. N.J.A.C. 13:54-2.4(b)(1) is analogous to saying you cannot carry a first aid kit in your car unless you have first graduated from medical school. And show us your grades. And give us certifications from your professors.
Under N.J.A.C. 13:54-2.4(d)(1), you must first be wounded or killed before you can defend yourself or your family. Your life may be threatened. Your family's lives may be threatened. Too bad. New Jersey says you cannot defend yourself. And you cannot defend your family
. New Jersey's answer: Call a cop. Yeah, right. Call for help from a cop and call for a pizza delivery at the same time. See who arrives first.
You can be sure that the person who threatens you or your family never complied with N.J.A.C. 13:54-2.4. They benefit from New Jersey's refusal to recognize Second Amendment rights. They benefit because they know that absence of Second Amendment rights in New Jersey means you are less likely to be able to protect you and your family.
“Exhibit A” in this grotesque state pf affairs is the tragedy of Lauren Kanarek. Lauren was a dressage rider. For two years her trainer was one Michael Barisone. Barisone took to bullying Lauren, and she was afraid. Aware of her inability to protect herself, Lauren complained to the police, sought their protection. Several times. Any police response that may have ensued was totally ineffective. Finally, on August 8, 2019, Barison shot Lauren in the chest
. Twice. New Jersey's restrictive and unconstitutional laws do indeed prohibit you from appropriately protecting you or your loved ones, as they did for Lauren Kanarek.
Gun Lawyers in New Jersey are available to challenge these unconstitutional laws. This challenge can arise from either of two situations. The first situation is that you have been criminally charged with possession
. The second situation is that you have not been charged, but want a carry permit. If either of these situations apply to you, they will welcome your call.
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