A New Jersey man was denied a permit to purchase handguns by an appeals court recently because he is married to a woman with a history of substance abuse, reports NJ.com.
In the appellate decision made public on Thursday, the court said that the woman’s “alcohol problem” and past run-ins with the law were enough to deny the applicant a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card (FPIC), which is required to purchase handguns.
The appeals court decision upheld both the initial denial by the man’s local police chief, who said “it would not be in the interest of the public health, safety and welfare,” to issue the man a FPIC, and the ruling by Judge Thomas J. Kelly which backed the chief’s denied.
The applicant, who already owns several long guns but was looking to purchase a few handguns so his son and him could go target shooting, testified in court that his wife “received help and was no longer drinking.” The man also said that she wasn’t interested in firearms and that he would keep them safely locked away.
However, Judge Kelly argued that those with alcohol and drug problems “are frequently subject to relapse,” and that “putting more weapons in the home increased the chances of access to those guns” by the wife.
The appeals court agreed with that reasoning, noting that the Second Amendment is “subject to reasonable limitations,” and FPIC applicants must be a “person of good character and good repute in the community in which he lives.”
NJ.com published a portion of the woman’s background check:
- The woman was sentenced to probation in June 2000 for alleged possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) with the intent to distribute. She was sentenced to probation five years later for alleged possession of CDS. The two convictions bar her from possessing firearms, per N.J.S.A.2C:58-3c(1).
- In December 2011, police were called to the home the man shares with his wife because she allegedly hit him. At that time, the man told police that “his wife was drinking a lot and needed help,” the court document reads.
- In 2013, the woman was convicted of driving while intoxicated after allegedly mixing alcohol and the sleeping medicine Ambien. She was stopped by police twice in the same day and during one of the stops, officers allegedly found a bayonet inside the vehicle. At the court hearing, the man said the bayonet was his and that it had been left in the car after he took it to a trade show. While allegedly driving the car under the influence, the woman moved the bayonet that had been left in the trunk into the car’s passenger compartment.
Apparently, in New Jersey, being married to woman who has issues with alcohol means that one is not fit to own a handgun. I don’t need to tell you but you see where this is going. Just another scheme to keep one from exercising their Second Amendment rights.