The New Jersey Monitor says that thousands of people are having trouble getting concealed carry permits in the state. This is because of a landmark Supreme Court case in June that struck down many gun laws across the country.
As many as 200,000 people were expected to apply for a concealed carry permit in New Jersey following the ruling, which struck down the “special need” requirement for applicants, but nine months later, “thousands” of residents are still waiting while the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) “ignores” information requests about the applications,
MaryAnn Spoto, a spokeswoman for the Courts, told the New Jersey Monitor that there are “backlogs in every type of case and in every division” because there aren’t enough judges.
Residents must obtain a concealed carry permit for each firearm they wish to concealed carry, according to the New Jersey Monitor.
In June, New Jersey changed its concealed carry gun laws to meet the requirements of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen ruling. This is what New York did first. The updated law included a “sensitive places” requirement that barred concealed carry in schools, public parks, courthouses, bars, private property, and numerous other places, leading second amendment advocates to claim the law violated the constitution.
Even though it was said to violate the Constitution, the new law got rid of the “special need” requirement that made residents prove they “needed” a concealed carry license for a specific reason. This led to thousands of new applications.
Ed Durr, a Republican in the state legislature of New Jersey, was recently stuck in the application process. He told the New Jersey Monitor that it took months to approve his application to carry a concealed weapon.
- New Jersey residents are caught in a concealed carry application backlog following a landmark Supreme Court case in June that struck down many gun laws across the country.
- Nine months after the ruling, “thousands” of residents are still waiting for approval.
- “There are all kinds of delays, and it’s a problem that exists sprinkled throughout the state,” Scott Bach, executive director of the New Jersey Pistol and Rifle Association, told the New Jersey Monitor.
The number of concealed carry applications stuck in limbo is currently unknown as the NJSP has not responded to requests or updated numbers, according to the New Jersey Monitor. A spokeswoman for Matthew Platkin, the Democratic Attorney General of New Jersey, said that there is no way to know how many applications were made after the new law went into effect on December 22.
“It’s not a universal problem. If a town really wanted to meet its obligations, they could do it if they hired more people. Bach continued, “Many places don’t take it seriously, and they really should.
From the Bruen ruling in June to the updated concealed carry law in December, New Jersey received 11,298 applications statewide, according to the New Jersey Monitor. More than 800 requests were still waiting as of February.
The New Jersey Monitor says that the NJSP “ignored repeated requests for information about how many concealed carry permits local police have given out.”
The NJSP and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey did not answer the Daily Caller News Foundation right away.
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