I wanted to apply for a carry permit about 10 years ago and the local chief told me don’t bother. He said that even if he approved it the judge would deny it because I’m not an ex cop and being in the military did not matter. It would just be a waste of the application fee. With responses like that no wonder few people other than those who would certainly be approved apply. At least the chief was honest but It still sucks. But for the application numbers to be used against people wanting to carry is reprehensible. The court should make New Jersey do the paperwork for free if the application is denied, then you’ll see who tries to apply. The courts could look into who is rich, related to a public official or who is an ex cop and has a carry permit versus who is an average citizen and has a carry permit. I bet those numbers would be interesting.