Army Officer Denied Concealed Carry Permit

Police Chief and a judge both denied concealed carry permit to an active duty Army officer, saying the reason he wants it isn’t justified, and if he were granted a permit, then others stationed there would want one too.   See story below…

Washington Times reports:

Lt. Col. Terry S. Russell, the product manager for the Army’s Individual Weapons and Small Arms program, requires a Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information clearance for his job. The base where he works was chosen as a terrorist “dry run” for a Vehicle Borne Improved Explosive Device, and hackers have tried to obtain information on personnel.

Regardless, Oceanport Police Chief Daniel W. Barcus still denied the solider a permit, a decision ultimately backed last month by Superior Court Judge Joseph Oxley.

“None of these threats appear to specifically relate to this applicant — he is in no different position than any other person who is assigned to that facility,” Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said in a Jan. 29 letter to the judge after Col. Russell appealed the police chief’s decision, New Jersey radio station WKXW-FM reported Friday.

Mr. Gramiccioni said that if Col. Russell were granted a permit for protection, then others stationed at Picatinny Arsenal would apply using the same rationale.

Lt. Col. Russell holds a senior position at the base, the station reported. He also has 27 years in service.

He already holds a concealed carry permit in Texas. The judge “thanked Russell for his service” but denied the concealed carry permit for New Jersey, where he is currently stationed.

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