....permit fee of $ 20.00 payable to the County Clerk where the permit is to be issued shall be
submitted to the chief police officer of the municipality in which the applicant resides, or the
1. If there is no full time police department in the municipality where the applicant
2. If the applicant is a non-resident of this St
ate or if the applicant is an employee of an
armored car company.
N.J.A.C. 13:54-2.5 Approval of application
The chief of police or the Superintendent, as the case may be, shall cause the applicant to
be thoroughly investigated. The investigation shall include, but not be limited to, ascertaining
that the applicant satisfies all of the requirements contained in this chapter for obtaining a permit
to purchase a handgun or a firearms purchaser identification card, that the applicant has or has
not demonstrated a thorough familiarity with the safe handling and use of handguns as evidenced
by the application and accompanying materials, and that the applicant has or has not factually
demonstrated a justifiable need to carry a handgun. The chief of police or the Superintendent
shall approve or disapprove the application after completion of the investigation. If the
application is approved, by the chief of police or the Superintendent, as the case may be, it shall
be forwarded to the Superior Court of the county
where the applicant resides, or if a nonresident
or an employee of an armored car company, to a county where he or she intends to carry the
handgun, for presentation to a judge of the Superior Court
It looks like the application only goes through the NJSP if there's no local police or the applicant is an armored car/cash courier. No wonder most applicants that reach the NJSP get approved.
It also appears that once the local police disapprove an application, that's it. By the wording above, the application only goes to superior court after approval by local police.