New Jersey: US Soldier Threated By Terrorist Refused State CCW Permit

New Jersey: US Soldier Threated By Terrorist Refused State CCW Permit

New Jersey: US Soldier Threated By Terrorist Refused State CCW Permit

Lt. Col. Terry S. Russell is a 27-year veteran serving in the United States Army. He holds a senior position at the Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey—notable for its development of several firearms innovations including the Picatinny rail and at which he served as Product Manager Individual Weapons and received the Meritorious Service Medal. As with many US military facilities around the world, the Wharton, NJ site has been the target of suspected terrorist activity. Concerned for his safety and that of his family, Lt. Col. Russell applied for a New Jersey CCW permit.

He was denied.

Russell’s permit application was initially turned down by Oceanport Police Chief Daniel W. Barcus, who claimed that Russell had no “justifiable need” for a CCW permit as no threats had been made against him personally or directly. Russell appealed the decision, but was again turned down by Judge Joseph Oxley of the Monmouth County Superior Court. Oxley’s refusal was fueled by a formal objection lodged by Christopher J. Gramiccioni, Acting Monmoth County Prosecutor, who presented the following argument in writing:

Lt. Col. Russell’s application contains no documented threats or attacks on his person at all. Rather, the affidavit submitted purporting to establish justifiable need sets forth a generalized threat that ISIS is seeking to slaughter US Military personnel. Although there may have been threats received at the Picatinny Arsenal, none of these threats appear to specifically related to this applicant – he is in no different position than any other person who is assigned to that facility. If a Permit to Carry is granted to Lt. Col. Russell, then a similar permit must be issued to all other personnel at Picatinny – and certainly this is contrary to New Jersey permit to carry jurisprudence.

The court’s decision was made despite arguments from Russell’s attorney that the denial would endanger national security. New Jersey has some of the most stringent CCW laws in the nation—a fact certainly visible here.

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New Jersey, along with Maryland and Hawaii, remain the unholy triumvirate of states when it comes to concealed carry.


You need to try really really hard to be more of an anti-gun state than, MA, NY, and CA. And New Jersey seems to have succeeded.


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Nate Opgenorth

Exactly…its reasonably easy to get a carry permit in MA and NY….heck in NY LEGALLY speaking all permits (which are shall issue) are carry permits but some have “Sportsman” written on them by a Judge restricting you to hunting, hiking, running, target, fishing, and some other “sportsman” like activities….the joke in NYS for people wit sportsmans permits is “Well officer I was just doing some urban hiking in the mall on my way to fish and target shoot! As you can see I have my targets in my front seat and my fishing pole laid in the back!”. They can’t charge you with any crime but they can be a dick and go through the effort of calling the issuing Judge who can yank your permit (for any reason, a pistol permit is a privilege in NYS :O). Although my best guess is that gun friendly sheriff’s probably don’t care. Only problem is you need that carry permit to even touch a handgun so if you loose it there goes your handguns 😐 Although you can get your restrictions pulled if you just keep writing letters to the judge showing some conceal carry courses, legal defensive shooting courses, etc. in most counties that are may issue but some counties, especially the NYC metro area are de facto no issue….Rural counties in Upstate NY don’t even know what restrictions are and one rural county had the county council pass a resolution forcing any Judge to issue carry permits unrestricted. Glad I live in Upstate NY….MD is horrible too…ready a story of a Baltimore County man who was threatened by an Islamic terrorist about 6months after 9/11….he was denied TWICE, and he had the Baltimore County States Attorney as a reference a long with two State Investigators. Finally the guy got his permit when the Baltimore City States Attorney personally wrote a letter to the Maryland State Police but in MD they review your “need” for a carry permit on renewal so no idea if he got to keep his permit or not. Even retired law enforcement get denied in MD, some just want a permit so they have something other than LEOSA to rely on and some did not meet the 10 year minimum for LEOSA. I know more and more law enforcement agencies and even the Military are issuing proper credentials for anyone who meets LEOSA standards to carry, especially in states like NJ…the Airforce speer headed it and it is apparently pissing off New Jersey and Maryland a lot! Even though its an air force program the Air force and DOD are allowing any one in the military that meets the requirements to be qualified and so other branches are looking to follow the lead

james lagnese

NY isn’t shall issue, never has been since Sullivan and it’s not that easy. On LI, they stamp to the range and hunting. Also, pistols are put on the license itself and purchase documents must be purchased from the police and the pistols inspected by the police. I lived in Iowa, which is a shall issue state and now AZ, which is constitutional. Guess which one is best for CCW?


Another reason to move from the Socialist states.



Green Hornet

First NJ is the worst!! (Build at wall around them as well as the southern border)
Can’t the military authorize him to carry?
Federal officers are allowed to carry everywhere

Walt Miskin

Where is our next Vice President or Attorney General when he is needed someone please wake Governor Christy up


This is what happens when you live in a state that is lead by a group (Liberals) that see the needs and rights of the few, far outweigh the needs and the rights of the many. These states feel that their group are more knowledgeable and intelligent the the vast majority of citizens. They bow to small special interest groups and then complain when their opposition calls them out. As a citizen, you have three ways to correct this injustice… 1) Gather the strength of like-minded citizens and hold that group accountable for their decisions; 2) Campaign to get them out of office; or 3) Move to a state that cares about your Constitutional Rights over appeasing a small group of citizens. #3 is not very practical in a lot of personal situations, but #1 and #2 are very attainable. Stand up for your rights! Make phone calls and write emails or letters to your elected officials. Too many times, these officials forget that it is their job to represent you instead of decide for you!

Brad Drake

It’s unbelievable that American Citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights are being denied. Trump will hopefully fix this. New Jersey is a dump, and is obviously being ran by idiots.

james lagnese

Congress is the body that can do that.

Sir TuberKopf

NJ legislature is downright homicidal in their abuse of the constitution and their citizens.

james lagnese

And to think Christie made it as far as he did in the race. F Jersey…I am from NY originally, but they could saw both states off and let them fall in the sea and the US would be a better place.