Who Gets Gun Permits in the Garden State

Apparently city councilmen who are otherwise disqualified from owning a gun:

Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson signed off on two gun permits in July for a Camden city councilman with a criminal record that bars him from purchasing a firearm under state law, according to law enforcement sources and documents.

I should note this is probably just a permit to purchase, rather than to carry, which are issued by judges in New Jersey rather than police chiefs. Our opponents will tell us that New Jersey’s background check system is among the most thorough in the nation, but yet this still made its way through.

10 Responses to “Who Gets Gun Permits in the Garden State”

  1. DirtCrashr says:

    Evidence of a two-tier legal system there.

  2. John says:

    What a great job by the Jersey background check system! It continues to frustrate me that while perfectly qualified individuals are put through the ringer every step of the way, the elected are (likely) pushed to the front of the line. Another reason that the lawsuit to get the “guidebook” that NJSP uses to tell municipalities how to process firearm ID’s and permits to purchase should succeed.

  3. Chas says:

    If it takes a lawsuit to get their guidebook, then NJSP must stand for “New Jersey Secret Police”. But we don’t have secret police in the US, because that would be too communist; too totalitarian.

  4. Dannytheman says:

    But wait, aren’t there two set of rules?? One for them and none for the rest of us?

  5. Ronnie says:

    A Camden NJ city councilman with a criminal record? He probably got elected to office BECAUSE of that criminal record, not despite it.

  6. BigHayden says:

    Our effective handgun purchase permit system hard at work. Tell me why we don’t just rely on NICS, like everybody else? Then it would’ve been another Brady check success story they could brag about.

  7. Ian Argent says:

    CLEO signs off on a carry permit too, before it goes to a judge for approval.

  8. Ian Argent says:

    That having been said, these were permits to purchase. Article says NICS was run in July.

    Bad show for both applicant and approver. OTOH, he did ask for a permission slip…

  9. JimB says:

    I aplpied for a “permit to purchase” on 8/8. It is now 9/8. The thirty days is up. I don’t expect to see the permit for another sixty days if I’m lucky. The rules are on there if the state wants to step on you. The state itself is excused from following those rules.

  10. Ian Argent says:

    Essentially, the state courts have ruled that the 30-day timer stats one the CLEO completes the background check to his satisfaction.


  1. SayUncle » Like you and me, only better - [...] NJ, police chief signs off on gun permit for councilman. A councilman who is a prohibited person and cannot…