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.