Do I Need to Show Justifiable Need to Obtain a Permit to Carry a Handgun?

The New Jersey Attorney General has announced that applicants for a handgun permit will no longer be required to show “justifiable need” to obtain a permit. If you need help with obtaining a handgun permit, the Law Office of Jason T. Komninos can help.

The Attorney General issued Directive Number 2022-07 because of the US Supreme Court’s ruling in N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. v. Bruen. In this case, the Court struck down New York’s “proper-cause” requirement to obtain a license for a firearm. New Jersey’s “justifiable need” requirement is similar to the New York requirement.

Therefore, the New Jersey Attorney General has announced that following criteria shall continue to apply when an individual applies for a permit to carry:

1) The application shall not be approved if the applicant is subject to any of the criteria under N.J.S.A. 2C:58-3(c)(1)-(11).

2) The applicant will undergo a background check.

3) The applicant must be familiar with “the safe handling and use of handguns” under N.J.A.C. 13:54-2.4(b).

The Law Office believes that this directive will allow more applicants to obtain permits. However, many applicants may still be denied despite recent developments. If you are considering applying for a permit or have been denied a permit, call the Law Office at 201-343-4622 for a consultation.