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SAF Funds Challenge To New Jersey Carry Law

Law Shield wants to congratulate the Second Amendment Foundation for backing the legal challenge to New Jersey carry laws by Israel Albert Almeida, the Andover man who is battling to obtain a concealed carry permit for personal protection.

Almeida, who is represented by New Jersey attorney Evan Nappen, operates a property management business that involves rent collections in high crime areas. He has been threatened numerous times, yet the Andover Township police chief turned down his permit application. When he took the issue to court, the court denied his application on the grounds that Almeida “failed to demonstrate a substantial threat.” The case is in the state Superior Court’s Appellate Division.

“This is part of our ongoing effort to have New Jersey carry laws declared unconstitutional,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “We were drawn to Almeida’s case because it provides one more example of how the Garden State’s concealed carry law is simply Draconian in the way it is administered.”

Almeida’s case is hardly unique in New Jersey, or in other states where issuing authorities have broad, and frequently abused, discretionary power to arbitrarily deny carry permit applications.

The rights of people like Mr. Almeida should not be subject to the arbitrary discretion of public officials for whom no reason will ever be good enough to issue a carry license.

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