New Jersey Announces New Training Requirements For Carry Permit Licenses

In a memorandum released to all law enforcement members in New Jersey, the state Attorney General’s office announced new training requirements for residents looking to obtain a Permit To Carry license.

Known as the Civilian Carry Assessment and Range Evaluation (CCARE) protocol, this live-range training replaces the Permit to Carry Safe Handling and Proficiency Qualification protocol, which was posted several months ago.

One of the updated guidelines is the shooting qualification requirement, which has been updated to 50 rounds.

To pass successfully, you must achieve a minimum score of 80% using an FBI-type Q-target. Additionally, at least 10 rounds (5 rounds twice) must be fired from 15, 10, 7, 5, and 3 yards each.

However, it eliminated the need to shoot one-handed, reduced the maximum shooting distance from 25 yards to 15 yards, no shooting from a kneeling position, or behind a barricade or cover.

Local residents who trained at WESHOOT, a Lakewood-based shooting range, and completed the training under their USCCA NJ CCW Certification, and shot the HQC-2 Qual prior to September 15, 2023, your qualification is still valid, and will not need to undergo any additional training or shooting qualification.

Individuals who completed firearms training prior to July 1, 2023, and whose permit to carry does not expire until after December 22, 2023, must requalify on the CCARE protocol or the HQC2-modified protocol issued on July 21, 2023.

For those who require to requalify or take additional training, the deadline was extended to December 31, 2023.

Applicants need to complete the requisite training to comply with the law. Failure to requalify by December 31, 2023, failure to do so, will render the applicable individual’s permit-to-carry invalid.

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  1. I’d hate to be a snob, but I’m going to go ahead and say it: If you couldn’t meet the old requirements, you should train more before you carry in public. It shouldn’t be the government deciding that though, it’s just a piece of advice from me to you. Unless pehaps you have joint issues that prevent you from doing the kneeling part. Too many folks buy a gun with a 50 round box of ammo, shoot 25 of them and then let it sit for years, and then decide to get their carry permits. There’s no shortage of great instructors who teach in Lakewood. Reach out and train. Once again, not for the Gov to decide, but please do it for yourself and those around you.

  2. I own a 9mm handgun but presently see no reason to undertake the considerable expense presently necessary to get a carry permit. Why? Because of the “sensitive places” loophole which the Supreme Court cautioned the states not to abuse, but which admonition NY and NJ have roundly ignored. Virtually EVERYWHERE outside the home has been declared a “sensitive place”, making a carry permit virtually useless. Almost certainly the dems will again be slapped down by the Supreme Court for this grossly unconstitutional maneuver. When that happens a carry permit will become useful.

  3. The reason for this rule change is the legal challenge in the federal which has called for the judiciary to throw out the old standard as an unconstitutional infringement.
    This rule change seems to be an attempt to make an end run around the lawsuit, to try and say that the argument is moot because they have lessened the restrictions.
    I don’t think that this rule change addresses any of the major points of the lawsuit and it should proceed as these quals still violate the second amendment especially with the NYSRPA V Bruin decision

  4. Can someone kindly explain to me where in the Constitution of the United States of America it states that you must get permits and take courses in order to carry a gun? I believe it states “shall not be infringed”. Other states allow you to carry without any training or permits.

  5. Due to the ambiguous nature of its wording, the 2nd amendment has been subject to numerous court analyses trying to figure out its parameters. In response to your question, the Supreme Courts decision in the landmark Heller case (written by Justice Scalia in 2008) is definitive. He wrote: “Like most rights, the 2nd amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose.” Thusly, it is recognized that states and municipalities may enact various regulations which circumscribe the individual’s right “to keep and bare arms.” Of course, the extent of these allowable regulations is a hotly contested issue and most are regularly challenged by gun-rights groups, but “permitting” schemes generally pass muster.


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