Lakewood Police Chief Greg Meyer answers your ‘Ask The Chief’ questions: Carrying a gun

The following is an ‘Ask The Chief’ question submitted to TLS, and the Chief’s response. Email your questions for the Chief to [email protected].


Dear Chief,

Firstly, thank you and every single one of the officers of the LPD, who work tirelessly to Serve and Protect the residents of this town! It’s exciting and refreshing having a way to personally communicate with a Chief of Police via email! Thank you and thank you TLS!

Now the question: understanding that someone with a Firearm Permit may carry in his home and place of business, is one also allowed to carry in a private synagogue?

Can you please clarify this for what ‘We the People’ who hold the 2nd amendment sacred, are limited to in this State of NJ?



The Chief’s Response:


Yes it is a nice feature that the TLS is willing to host and allow a direct format to ask questions that arise.

In response to your question I have referred to NJ Law New Jersey “No license is required to own any firearm in New Jersey, except an assault firearm or machine gun. … New Jersey calls its permit a “permit to carry a handgun” and is a “may-issue” by law for firearm carry, either openly or concealed, but permits are rarely or never granted to the general populace.” With that being said once you leave your domicile you would need a permit to carry to take your firearm to your synagogue as NJ has very strict carry, transportation laws currently on the books.

Hope this helps be safe,

Chief Meyer


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  1. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Based on this text it would seem that NJ state law is unconstitutional.

  2. Democrats in NJ are against our second amendment rights thats why it is so hard to get a permit ti carry or transport guns here
    NJ just voted in a liberal democrat as governor and with a democrat majority legislator they will continue to restrict your second amendment rights

  3. The chief is right regarding a handgun you can not leave your property with it unless you have a permit to carry. but if you have a NJ firearms ID card you can carry long guns (rifles shotguns) anywhere as long as their not loaded, but you can have the ammo right next to the shotgun and pop in a round if need be

  4. My understanding is that the Question was just as when taking the firearm to the range or your place of business, it needs to be unloaded and locked etc etc
    Can it be locked and loaded in a private synagogue as well? Granted it was transported legally. He didn’t answer the basic question!
    As per the constitutional basis for the gun laws in NJ – a 2nd grader can answer that too – no, it’s unconstitutional but there’s nothing we can do.

  5. the question is can I unload and lock my firearm( as I do when going to the range) and take it from house yo my place of business or church etc and leave it there secured but ready to go in case of crisis? OR does NJ law only allow me to keep my firearm in my home and only allow me to transport it out of my home when going directly to the firing range and back ?

  6. “but permits are rarely or never granted to the general populace.”
    Isn’t it up to the chief of police? So why won’t he allow it. He really didn’t answer the question.

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