After 2 decades of living in the People's Republic of New Jersey, I finally decided to try for a FPID.
My delay in doing so was due to some bogus info I had been told regarding a criminal record (Disorderly Conduct) from 25 years ago that occurred out of state (NY).
Obviously that did not ultimately prevent me from obtaining my NJ license (it certainly didn't prevent me from being issued an M16 in the Corps!), but according to the LEO who I dealt with, it did slow down my approval (5 months!). Seriously!!!!
(Ok, fair enough; at least I was actually able to obtain one. That was a huge relief!)
Anyway, the other delay in applying was based on my lack of knowing where I could go to fire a rifle in this area. It's been a really long time since I've fired a weapon, and I thought that it would be truly torturous to possess a rifle, but then not be able to fire it and get to know it. (kinda like ordering a delicious meal off of the menu.... and then only being allowed to look at it)
There was a time when I participated on various Marine Corps forums, and I was always so frustrated by how many of my fellow jarheads in other states could enjoy such a carefree relationship with their firearms - while I felt that I was being denied even my most basic 2nd Amendment rights, simply because of where I was located.
I'm here to acclimate myself into the NJ gun culture, and hopefully it doesn't leave me feeling too hungry.
At this point I'm looking to (finally) purchase, and to learn what is necessary to navigate in this very restricted AO that I reside in.
And that's the Intro.
I stumbled in here looking for new open dates for Luciano's....
Lived here in WP for 54 years...
I've been into guns all my adult life.
Haven't done much shooting lately due to time and money, but when I discovered Luciano's was opening, I was like a little kid all over again.
One of my passions is weapons among motorcycles and such and I love my collection like kids love their Tonka Trucks...
I'm hoping that the new Luciano's will renew my love of shooting and how can you beat that right in your own town to boot!
They may need a permanent chair and coffee pot for me there, because there is nothing I like to do more is to BS about guns.
Currently have about a dozen weapons... My favs being my H&K USP's and my constantly evolving Bushmaster M4...
Most of my collection are handguns.. only 2 rifles and 1 shotgun.
Let's see if I can remember all my babies..
Colt Python 6" .357
Colt Mark IV Series 70 Govt 45acp
Browning 9mm Hi Power
H&K USP Compact 45...
H&K USP 40S&W
Beretta 92S 9mm
Mossberg 590 12 gauge shotgun with Marine Coat
Remington 700 .308 Police Sniper package
Bushmaster M4 .223
I'm probably forgetting some, but that's it for now.
Happy to find this place. Hopefully it will help me stay in touch more with NJ happenings as well as good conversation.
IMO the situation described by the OP doesn't need Gun Sitters. If you have a verbal contract with someone who will not be able to access your guns it's the same as if you rented a storage unit.
However, if one is someone has enough paranoia about this spend your money at Gun Sitters.