Gun Activists To Protest Ocean County’s Concealed Carry Permit Response Time

Gun activists in Ocean County are planning a protest next week in Toms River for what they say is in response to the County taking its time in issuing concealed carry permits.

The self-described peaceful protest will take place on December 9th at the Ocean County Courthouse, on the corner of Hooper Avenue and Washington Street in Toms River.

In August, TLS reported that permits for concealed carry permits have been skyrocketing in Ocean County, following the Supreme Court ruling from earlier this year, with hundreds applying in Lakewood alone.

When asked about the delays, police told TLS at the time that each application undergoes an investigation, and the detective assigned to the case actually goes through each line of the application.

Although the protest is expected to be peaceful, organizers are warning participants that simply attending is risking arrest and attendees should beware.

The protest is expected to last for several hours and organizers say they are not ruling out future protests as well.

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  1. When asked whether they need a permit to conduct the protest, and whether they obtained one, a local gun activist told reporters on Wednesday, “We tried to obtain a permit, but the County dragged their feet on that one too, just like they dragged their feet with the gun permits. Hopefully, the Police won’t do the same to me, and drag my feet to the police station while I’m jumping up and down at the protest, hollering at the top of my lungs.”
    When asked about the delays in issuing the protest permit, a County official told reporters that each and every protester who attends the protest must be thoroughly investigated before a protest permit can be issued.
    “And since we don’t know who will be attending the protest, we can’t investigate the protesters,” he said. “It’s a catch-22.”
    The County official went on to explain that, “The detective assigned to investigate the protesters, actually goes through every minute detail of the protesters’ entire lives, since the day they were born.”
    “It’s kind of like Judgement Day in the Heavenly Court,” he said. “Every moment of their lives is examined thoroughly with a fine-tooth comb.”

  2. @Herb, the ocean county court needs to literally print and sign, that’s all they need to do. The local PDs do all the work with the background checks etc. The fact that the court cant sign more than 30 of these a month when other counties are pumping them out quickly, is ridiculous. As the organizer of the protest said, a right delayed is a right denied. There is no excuse for them to take this much time. The people who applied have been very patient but enough is enough. There are hundreds of people who put in their applications in July and August that are still waiting for a stupid signature.

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