In NJ, Head of the Counter-Terrorism Task Force Denied Carry Permit

Michael Tumminelli, a civilian working in counter-terrorism at the Department of Defense, has been denied a concealed carry permit by the State of New Jersey, which said he has “no justifiable need.”

Even though the National Counterintelligence and Security Center and the FBI have warned victims of the Office of Personnel Management hack — Tumminelli included — that terrorists might target them, New Jersey still did not find that threat to be enough to justify his carrying a gun in the Garden State.

Shaina Brenner, assistant prosecutor for the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, said in her denial of the permit that Tumminelli had not demonstrated an “…an urgent necessity for self-protection, as evidenced by specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to [Tumminelli’s] life that cannot be avoided by means other than the issuance of a permit to carry a handgun.”

But she neglects to identify what those “other means” are to avoid a danger to his life.  Move out of New Jersey?

In other words, it would appear that Ms. Brenner would rather wait until after Mr. Tumminelli is physically attacked before she would believe he had an urgent necessity for self-protection.  By then it may be too late.


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