NJ Gun Laws: Carry Permits Expected to Soar in New Jersey After Supreme Court Decision

WASHINGTON TWP., New Jersey (WPVI) – Police in Washington Township, New Jersey have answered a lot of questions regarding guns over the past few days.

Police Chief Patrick Gurcsik said: “Following the Supreme Court decision on Thursday, we had people walk into it, into the building off the street, we received emails and phone calls.” . “They’re asking where the apps are. They’re asking if they have to be fingerprinted.”

He said that a concealed license used to be so hard to get in New Jersey, many people didn’t apply.

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the part of New York law that requires applicants to give reasons for doing so is unconstitutional. New Jersey has an almost identical requirement.

“It’s very strict,” said Bob Ruh, a retired officer who now works in the town’s gun application processing unit.

Now that requirement is gone.

SEE ALSO: SCOTUS repeals New York’s gun laws, expected to allow more people to carry concealed guns

Tuesday morning, state police posted updated instructions on carry-on permit applications.

Gurcsik said of the town’s 50,000 residents, only four currently hold a license to carry a handgun.

He said the idea of ​​more people having carry-on permits made him worry about his officers.

“Because they’re getting into situations where now they don’t know if someone is concealed or not. Even though it’s licensed,” Gurcsik said.

Last year, in New Jersey, 503 carry-on permits were issued, according to data from the New Jersey State Police.

So far this year 217 have been approved.

Governor Phil Murphy called last week’s court ruling “tragic and wrong” and called for legislation to restrict where guns can be carried, including hospitals, courts and training areas. crowds like stadiums and amusement parks.

The Arsenal gun shop in Deptford was busy over the weekend.

Owner Tom Vadurro said they started receiving calls shortly after the ruling was made. He believes that given the other qualifications required for licensure in New Jersey, this change is a good thing.

He also supports the addition of a safety training requirement.

“We’re starting to see another increase in people looking for compact-carry guns,” Vadurro said. “That’s a good thing. It will certainly level the playing field.”

The Washington Township Police are trying to remind people that you still need a permit to carry a handgun and that all other requirements for a carry permit are still being worked on. That includes a background check, a mental health check, three references and passing a certificate in shooting.

From there, the petition went to the New Jersey Superior Court.

You still have to apply in person at your local police station and they have 60 days to process the application.

Gurcsik said if they see more applications, they may have to add another officer to the firearms unit to process applications.

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