A recent case from the New Jersey Court of Appeals is a perfect illustration of the violations of Second Amendment rights that take place on a regular basis in the state. The plaintiff, identified in court papers by the initials F.E., is a an Air Force veteran who carried a firearm regularly while serving in the military. Currently he’s a paramedic, and he’d like to be a gun owner. There’s just one problem; his local chief is denying him a Firearms ID card, which is a pre-requisite for legal gun ownership.
The chief is basing his denial on two incidents in F.E.’s past; a 1995 incident where the then 18-year old pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, and a 2001 case involving a more serious offense.
He pleaded guilty to eluding police following a high-speed police pursuit after which he repeatedly refused demands by police to drop a knife he held in his hands, the ruling says.
“I was drinking and I was stupid. I have a lot of pent-up aggression,” he told police at the time, according to the ruling.
The plaintiff had his record expunged before he applied for a firearms purchaser identification card and two handgun purchase permits, but the Oakland police chief cited his prior arrests in denying him the permits. In New Jersey, you must get permission from your local police department to receive a firearm ID card.