You’d think that if anyone could qualify for a handgun permit it’d be a guy who was kidnapped, beaten, and left for dead.
Nope. Today a NJ Superior Court judge denied Jeffrey Muller of Frankford his Second Amendment rights.
A Sussex County pet supply store owner, who was the mistaken-identity victim of a kidnapping by five Missouri men, today lost his second attempt to get a permit to carry a handgun.
Superior Court Judge David Ironson, sitting in Morristown, rejected an appeal filed by Jeffrey Muller of Frankford, owner of J&G Pet Foods in Newton, who sought to overturn last year’s decision by another judge in Morristown, Philip Maenza.
Echoing Maenza, Ironson said Muller, 61, failed to provide “proof of justifiable need” to carry a handgun.
“Fear for your life” does not constitute “justifiable need?”
In the earlier decision, Maenza said there was “no justifiable need” for Muller to carry a handgun, because his kidnappers had been apprehended and “there is no longer a threat of serious bodily harm.”
Except the lead kidnapper is out on bail. In Missouri, presumably. But I’m sure the police will do their very best to protect Mr. Muller if these guys decide to take another crack at him. If they’re around. If Mr. Muller can call 911. If.
“No justifiable need.” When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. In Mr. Muller’s case, seconds count.
You have a better chance of being struck by lightning (twice!) than you have of getting a gun permit in New Jersey.
Meanwhile the criminals seem to have no trouble obtaining all the guns they want.
Maybe Judge Ironson could try doing something about that. I won’t hold my breath.