Originally Posted by drvsafe
that's an understatement...
I called the PD just now. I was politely informed that there is a huge backlog from Hurricane Sandy (that was in November BTW) and they only got 10 applications in December (I handed mine in on Dec. 7th) but they got close to 40 in January. The Captain was out on vacation the week before last and this was off Friday as well. He also told me he didn't have my file which means that the file is on the captain's desk as we speak, so that could be mean it's a matter of a few days.
I felt like for such a long and polite description of the reasoning why I'm waiting more than the requisite 30 days, I could wait a few more days before reaching out to the Captain directly and inquiring as to the delay.
The backlog isn't from Sandy, the backlog is from Newtown.
I'm in Hillsborough, Somerset County, and I got my permits in less than four weeks three years ago. Saturday was 29 days, spoke to the dispatcher, she couldn't give me a status, but said permits are running 10-12 weeks. I was not happy (but remained polite). She gave me the number of the civilian police employee that deals with all the paperwork during the week.
When I spoke to her to see where the bottleneck is, she said the state police background and the county mental check.
I emailed my assemblyman and basically said WTF, can you get me a contact on the state police to call? I asked for that rather then ask for him to intervene (even if he could) but he said he would check into it. He is a decent guy for a pol.
For those not familiar with NJ law, a purchase permit must be applied for and received prior to purchasing a handgun. One per thirty days, with rare exceptions possibly granted (matched set pistols, for instance). Long guns can be purchased at any time.
As for the guy that said this is unconstitutional, well, he is right. But don't friggin' blame me that I live in a blue state with clueless liberals the rule, not the exception. I brought this up with the assemblyman, asked him how it would sit with him if he wanted to change churches and the state said, whoa, hold on, we'll get back to you in two or three months.
This guy isn't a gun guy, but he is republican at least, and I'm kinda taken it on myself to educate him about the viewpoint of his gun enthusiast constituents. He seems to be pretty curious about my views and I think he is "getting it". Hopefully.