This article first appeared on GreaterLakewood May 8, 2019, and was reposted in light of the recent attacks against Orthodox Jews.
It is worth noting there was a shooting today in a Texas Church which ended when an armed congregant killed the attacker…
There has never been a time in recent history where guns were needed more than now. GreaterLakewood confirmed there has been a recent increase in Frum residents applying for firearm permits.
With so many anti-semitic occurrences, you never know which threat is from a disgruntled person who didn’t like his dinner, and which threat it is from a gun fanatic, neo-nazi sitting in a car stalking Jews (who is under investigation).
It never hurts to be protected – basic hishtadlus. Your gun doesn’t have to look like the one in the photo – but should work.
There is a regular general application for a gun and a separate process for a handgun – which is a longer process.
Fill out an application. You can get them from the police station. There are online applications but you need to get fingerprinted and you must first obtain an Originating Agency Identifier (ORI) Number from the licensing department to complete this form.
You must be a resident of the township you apply in.
As part of the application process, you will need to provide ID, get fingerprinted, and provide a few references who will provide ‘testimony’ that you are mentally fit and responsible. Your references will likely receive a call from the police – so you may want to give them heads-up 🙂 You will need to give permission for Police to view your mental health record as well.
Bring your application to the local Police station with a fee – there may additional fees for handguns ID cards – a few dollars per permit…
Keep in mind: Some townships only accept cash. Toms river only accepts cash, Lakewood receives cash or personal check (made out to the Lakewood Police Department) Jackson accepts checks and money orders.
Check these links below for your townships information
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of GreaterLakewood.