In order to carry a handgun, a permit is required. The procedure to purchase a handgun is similar to the procedure to apply to carry a handgun. However, applicants who are out of state residents, are employed by an armored car service or where there is no police chief in the Municipality in which the applicant resides must apply to the State Police. There is a $20 permit fee that must be paid upon issuance of the permit.
Once a completed application is received by the Superior Court, the matter is docketed and scheduled before the assigned gun permit judge. If the armored car service employer had not previously appeared before the judge, or if justifiable need has not been demonstrated, a hearing is required. Thus, it is vital for the police chief to agree that there is a justifiable need. The judge makes a determination by review of the applicant’s current circumstances based upon the statutory criteria. The court shall issue the permit to the applicant but only if it is satisfied that the applicant is a person of good character who is not subject to any of the disabilities set forth in section N.J.S.A. 2C:58-3c, that he or she is thoroughly familiar with the safe handling and use of handguns, and that he or she has a justifiable need to carry a handgun.
Justifiable need may be proven by showing that there is an urgent necessity for self-protection, that the applicant is subject to a substantial threat of serious bodily harm, and that the carrying of a handgun is necessary to reduce the threat of unjustifiable serious bodily harm to any person. This is a very tough standard, especially due to the current climate towards guns in New Jersey. The judge can impose restrictions to carry a handgun and issue a limited-type permit. The permit is valid for two years. Renewal permits can be issued subject to the same procedures as the original permit was obtained. Change cards can also be issued where an applicant wants to change the present restriction, the employer or the type of weapon. Applicants who are not granted a permit by the chief of police or superintendent of the State Police may appeal to the Superior Court within 30 days of denial. Applicants who are denied a permit by the Superior Court may appeal to the Appellate Division.
Most people who want a carry permit will probably not be able to get one. I have many people that call me for carry permits but if I do more than two a year, it is a lot. Thus, I advise most people that they are probably throwing away good money if they choose to move forward. In fact, we no longer do carry permits now because its too much trouble. We will only do them if you work for an armored car company or you are a retired law enforcement officer.
The clients with the best chances of success are usually those are are seeking a carry permit for their work. However, just having a dangerous job in theory doesn’t entitle you to get a carry permit. If you are self employed, this is more difficult. If you work for a company that can write you a letter, you will stand a better chance. Because this is a very difficult process, I strongly suggest you get an attorney to help you.
For example, check out this post http://njgunpermitattorney.com/2009/02/25/the-carry-permit-case/