NJ to be a concealed carry state.
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Many crimes across New Jersey are committed with illegally-obtained weapons -- and many of those weapons come from out of state. NJ.com analysis of federal data found 80 percent of so-called crime guns recovered in New Jersey were traced to other states, mostly Pennsylvania and five southern states known for their loose requirements for gun purchasing: North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. When it comes to concealed carry, New Jersey is a "may issue" state, meaning local officials or the State Police have broad discretion in issuing a concealed carry permit to an applicant. Applicants in New Jersey need to show a "justifiable need" for a carry permit, but Second Amendment advocates have said officials here interpret the phrase too narrowly. New Jersey's concealed carry regulations "so individuals who can demonstrate an urgent necessity for self-protection by articulating serious threats, specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant's life that cannot be reasonably avoided by other means could obtain a carry permit."
Proponents of concealed carry say that criminals are less likely to attack someone they believe to be armed. They cite the 2nd Amendment's "right of the people to keep and bear arms," and argue that most adults who legally carry a concealed gun are law-abiding and do not misuse their firearms. States that implemented "shall-issue" concealed carry laws reduced murders by 8.5%, rapes by 5%, aggravated assaults by 7%, and robbery by 3%, according to an analysis of FBI crime data. Responsible citizens should have the right to arm themselves against criminals with guns.
Violent criminals will always have guns. Rather than being victims, concealed handgun carriers have a sense of safety and security, especially when going outside at night or in dangerous areas. The right to carry concealed handguns is guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the US Constitution.
The entire Second Amendment states: "a well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed." The majority of Americans support allowing the concealed carry of handguns. It is crucial New Jersey moves forward as a shall issue state. All to often citizens become victims of violent crimes. Even state law writes we need to be victims before we can have a fighting chance. All it takes is one time for criminals to cause serious bodily harm and even death, let us be prepared and protected for that one time.
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