The Standard for “Good Character” in a New Jersey Carry Permit Application
Overall “good character” is an objective standard based on the lack of disqualifications, such as having a felony conviction, domestic violence conviction, mental health commitment, dishonorable discharge, etc. However, it also includes the subjective standard of “in the interest of public health, safety, or welfare.”
Safe handling of a firearm is an objective standard which may be met by:
- Completion of a firearms training course approved by the Police Training Commission;
- Submission of recent handgun qualification scores; or
- Testing administered by a certified firearms instructor of a police academy, the National Rifle Association, or any other recognized certified firearms instructor.
“Justifiable need” is the excuse used when the government denies residents the ability to defend themselves. It is an arbitrary and subjective standard made and signed into law by Governor Murphy. “Justifiable need” is defined as follows:
[T]he urgent necessity for self-protection, 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 the incidents to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
Basically, a person has to be personally subjected to “specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger.” Simply carrying large sums of money, valuable jewelry, fine art, legal drugs, or even firearms and thereby being a target for criminal attack does not qualify one under present New Jersey law. The New Jersey Carry Permit law is like the old Soviet Constitution where you appear to have rights that you actually do not have.
For any questions regarding New Jersey concealed carry gun permits, call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to your Independent Program Attorney.
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