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Criminals No Longer the Only Ones to Carry Guns in New Jersey


Governor Christie Amends Regulations on Individuals’ Right to Firearms for Self-Defense with Commonsense Reforms
March 10th 2017

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Private Citizens May Prove They Are Under “Serious Threats” For Issuance of a Permit to Carry a Handgun

Trenton, NJ , Governor Chris Christie today announced the adoption of a revised regulation regarding applications for handgun carry permits, after his administration considered input during an official 60-day public comment period.

The revised regulation will allow a chief of police or the Superintendent of the Division of State Police, who review handgun carry permit applications, to consider evidence of “serious threats” that are not directed specifically at an individual, but which establish more than mere generalized fears or concerns.

This action taken by the Division of State Police amends paragraph (1) of subsection (d) of the permit application by adding “serious threats” to the circumstances that could demonstrate a special danger to an applicant’s life that a private citizen may specify in a written certification of justifiable need to carry a handgun. The changes also clarify that a permit to carry a handgun may be issued based on a special danger to the applicant’s life that cannot be avoided by other “reasonable” means.

The amendment harmonizes the regulatory definition of “justifiable need” with the construction of that standard by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

The original proposal was published at 48 N.J.R. 377(a), which is available at

Today’s adoption does not change the process for obtaining a permit to carry a handgun.

4 thoughts on “Criminals No Longer the Only Ones to Carry Guns in New Jersey

  1. Christie thinks he’s doing us a favor…Hogwash. The Feds are in the process and bills are before both houses to establish conceled carry via a National CCP process. Every state has a different way of looking at law abiding citizens carrying and as such you end up with 50 different laws that only snare unsuspecting people who only want to protect themselfs and their family. NJ being the worst. I’ll give it to Christie…he’s moving in the right direction but the federal law will put an end to all the jumble of laws border to border.

  2. Road rage will take on a whole new meaning.

  3. I can’t wait till the Feds make every state recognize any other ccp. I need to protect myself from Loretta wienburgs comstituentsl

  4. 550 If you run into a problem on the road to your next ACLU meeting don’t worry, a trained citizen with his federal CCP will be there to save your ass and your families because your to stupid and not enough of a man to defend yourself.

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