One item to note as well: NJ provides for a Permit to carry a handgun. It does not distinguish between open carry and concealed carry. Restrictions are generally added to each permit, stating for example that the permit is only valid whild carrying out uniformed duties as a guard, etc. Only in exceptional cases are unrestricted permists granted. It would be very useful for Gura to parse out the data from the NJSP to see some real statistics on actual issuances.
Here is the permit application:
Note that the area provided for "reason for disapproval" has a box for "lack of justifiable need".