A special thanks goes out to Ammoland for bringing this story to our attention.
We all know that New Jersey is one of the least gun-friendly states in all the US. In fact Guns and Ammo ranked it at #48. But for a while we have been trying to get some real numbers as to how many residents in New Jersey are actually able to get a concealed carry permit.
The state has made it nearly impossible to get a CCW permit and the video at the end of this post shows just how daunting the task can be.
According to Ammoland we now know just how few are able to get their permits, even though the local government in NJ insists they uphold the 2nd amendment rights of NJ citizens.
Citizens For A Safer NJ submitted an Open Public Records Act request to the NJ State Police early this month. We asked for the following:
Hello, I am looking for statistics regarding the total number of NJ permits to carry a hand gun that were issued in 2014. Specifically, how many permits were issued in total, and how many issued in each county. I would like to know how many of the permits were issued to “armored car service employees”, and how many to regular citizens. I do not want the names or contact information of the permit holders. I do not want the number of permits for retired law enforcement officers. Thank you.
This was the response:
The New Jersey State Police is in receipt of your OPRA request. You seek the total number of permits to carry a handgun issued in 2014. In 2014, 266 permits were issued by New Jersey State Police and 230 permits were issued by municipalities in 2014, thus totaling 496 permits total. As to the number of permits to carry a handgun broken down by county, number of permits to carry a handgun issued to armored car service employees and to regular citizens, I must deny your request as we do not make or maintain such records.
496. That’s it. Almost 9 million people live in the Garden State and less than 500 have been allowed to carry concealed? The number that I’m really interested in seeing is how many are turned down and what reason they are given. Perhaps some NJ readers can fill us in on their experiences in the comments on this post.
This recent video shows just a behind the scenes look at just how impossible it is to get carry a concealed handgun in the state of New Jersey.