I saw this article online:
That’s a heck of a headline, how bad is it.
After the U.S. Supreme Court issued its historic Bruen Decision, which obliterated most state restrictions on the public carrying of arms and changed forever how lower courts should decide Second Amendment-related challenges to anti-gun regulations, many blue states seemingly tried to outdo each other with the number of unconstitutional post-Bruen tantrum laws they could pass. At this, New Jersey certainly lead the way, especially for its residents seeking to carry a defensive firearm.
Obtaining a New Jersey permit to carry was never easy. It is not easy now. Instead, it remains an expensive multi-step nightmare specifically designed to make the process as difficult as possible for the applicant.
Now, not only must New Jersians bend a knee, pay a fee and beg permission from the Crown to buy back their constitutional rights, they must also pass a difficult shooting test that was designed for police, not civilians, to prove they’re capable of exercising their constitutional rights to the government’s satisfaction.
Last month, the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police in conjunction with the state’s Attorney General, issued new requirements titled “Use of Force Interim Training for Private Citizen Concealed Carry.” The document contains written material for in-person classroom training as well as the requirements for an arduous 50-round qualification course that every concealed-carry applicant must pass.
If there is one thing I know about cops in Blue states, it’s that they are totalitarian fascists.
If there are two things I know about cops in Blue states, it’s that they are totalitarian fascists and they can’t shoot for shit.
So if New Jersey civilians have to shoot as well as New Jersey cops, this can’t be all that difficult.
This is from the Use of Force Interim Training for Private Citizen Concealed Carry.
I’ll be the first to acknowledge that us tougher than the Nebraska or Illinois CCW qualifications. Illinois requires 50 rounds snd goes to 10 yards. Nebraska requires 30 rounds, and only go out to 7 yards. Neither require kneeling. Illinois and Nebraska require drawing from a holster.
I absolutely agree that the New Jersey CCW requirement is much tougher than any other state requirement (so far). I think it’s a valid argument to say that people defending themselves with a CCW gun rarely do it past five yards, and requiring 25 yard hits is well beyond what they might expect in a CCW situation.
The onerousness is probably unconstitutional.
But let’s be honest, for an experienced shooter, that’s not hard to do.
This was me at 25 yards with 30 rounds (two mags) with my P320 compact.
The center circle is eight inches in diameter. That’s probably a 4×6 inch group.
A Q target is 12 inches wide by 26 inches tall.
This is a Q target overlaid on top of a B-27 for scale.
I bet every IDPA club in New Jersey would set this up as stages.
My point is: although this is tougher than other states, it’s not an impossibly difficult standard with training to achieve.
Yes, it should be made more reasonable for CCW, but don’t panic and say you have to be John Wick to pass it. No New Jersey cop is John Wick.
There is part of me that wants to lean into this.
The anti-gun Left loves to say that civilians don’t have the gun experience of police.
That’s a load of bullshit, but, if civilians meet the same qualifications as the police then there is nothing the anti-guners can say within reason.
If I meet all the same standards as the police, I should be able to carry all the same places as the police, so nowhere in New Jersey should be a prohibited place that isn’t designated one by federal law.