NJ Gun Permit Process May Be Discriminating Against Permit Applicants of Color: Investigation


An analysis of data in the New Jersey Attorney General’s gun permit dashboard suggests that applicants of color for gun permits may be getting rejected at twice the rate of white applicants, according to John Petrolino, a gun safety author and instructor who writes for the website BearingArms.com.

Since the US Supreme Court’s Bruen decision in 2022 affirmed the right of individuals to carry handguns in public, New Jersey implemented a permit system that includes a dashboard providing public access to anonymized statistics about gun application acceptance and rejection.

Petrolino examined rejection statistics for gun permits in New Jersey and found that applicants of color were being rejected under a subjective criterion that allows police officials to deny issuance of a firearm permit “To any person where the issuance would not be in the interest of the public health, safety or welfare because the person is found to be lacking the essential character of temperament necessary to be entrusted with a firearm.”

The Attorney General’s office has not responded to Petrolino’s request for comment on the statistics.

SBN News Director Steve Lubetkin spoke with Petrolino regarding the significance of the statistics for New Jersey gun ownership.

About the Guest

John Petrolino is a US Merchant Marine Officer, writer, author of “Decoding Firearms: An Easy to Read Guide on General Gun Safety & Use” and NRA certified pistol, rifle and shotgun instructor living under and working to change New Jersey’s draconian and unconstitutional gun laws. You can email him HERE, find him on the web at www.johnpetrolino.com on X at @johnpetrolino on Facebook at thepenpatriot and on Instagram @jpetrolinoiii