New Jersey Denies Concealed Carry Permit To 27-year Army Officer

Unlike most states with concealed carry laws on the books, New Jersey is a “may issue” state. This means that police chiefs and other law enforcement officials are free to deny concealed carry applications for any reason or even no reason at all. This is in stark contrast to established practice in most CCW states, which have “shall issue” statutes or rules prohibiting law enforcement from denying applicants their requests without good cause:

“Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni also contends that if Russell is granted a concealed-carry permit, other employees of Picatinny would have to be issued permits as well.

On April 5, the judge in the case agreed with the prosecutor, issuing an order that ‘thanks’ Russell ‘for his service’ but denies Russell’s appeal.

Isn’t that amazing? The argument is that if we give him a permit, we’d have to give a CCW to everyone who works there! Idiotic.”

Source: The Federalist Papers



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