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Thread: where is my Firearms ID card?? A letter to my local police chief

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    I faxed this letter to my local chief of police Thursday after 10 weeks of runaround on changing an address on an ID card. If I don't have an answer by election day I'm sending a registered letter to the mayor with a copy of the fax, including the date/time stamp from the fax.




    Dear Chief;

    I am writing to see if you can help me ascertain the
    status of my application for transfer of a New Jersey
    Firearms ID card.

    Ten weeks ago I dropped off my Firearms ID card and
    the appropriate paperwork given to me by the Fanwood
    Police Dept. so that I could transfer the card to
    reflect my current address here in town.

    As a bit of background, the card was originally issued
    circa 1989 here in Fanwood, and when I moved to Scotch
    Plains a few years back I had the card reissued by the
    Scotch Plains Police Dept. Now that I've bought a home
    in town, I have attempted to move the card again.

    I have been calling police headquarters and checking
    about once a week since the third week after I dropped
    off the paperwork. (It took Scotch Plains about that
    long to issue a card when I lived there.)

    I have been told "you're dealing with the state
    police, it can take forever", and I've also been told
    just this past week "we sent it over to Scotch Plains
    on Sept. 20th, and we don't have it back yet."

    This concerns me greatly. State law (N.J. S
    2C:58-3(f)) provides a 30 day period for issuance of
    the card. If the last response I received is correct,
    it would appear that no processing was even begun on
    the the paperwork for over 30 days.

    Normally I'd be understanding of the fact that we're a
    small town, and I'd wait. (Frankly, I'd also rather
    see the police out patrolling than sitting in an
    office doing paperwork.) However, we're now into
    November, which is hunting season, and I hunt.

    While the laws in New Jersey do provide that I don't
    need a Firearms ID card while going hunting, my
    experience has been that many law enforcement officers
    (including my own brother) don't know that, or will
    take the more cautious approach and detain someone
    they encounter with a gun and no FID. Further, if I
    need the services of a gunsmith, or wish to take
    advantage of a seasonal sale, I can't do so without my
    card.

    I hope you can appreciate the position I'm in now that
    we're into November; if you can give me any more
    definitive of an answer on the status of my card, I'd
    greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks for listening!

    Very truly yours,

    Robert J. Magnan
    "Live fully every single day, just don't get arrested." --Maren Bergstrom

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    The ridiculous part of the story is you already have a card, whats the big deal, verify you live there, call nics to make sure your not an axe murder and retype the address.

    There is an association fighting the townships as we speak. I think its posted on another message.

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    by the way don't believe their excuses, there are towns that get them out to people in 3 weeks.

    And if it takes so long for the state police to research why does my phone NICS check only take 5 min to make sure I'm still not a criminal?

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    And if it takes so long for the state police to research why does my phone NICS check only take 5 min to make sure I'm still not a criminal
    Can't check fingerprints over the phone.
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    they didnt take fingerprints with the paperwork this time either...its just an address change.
    "Live fully every single day, just don't get arrested." --Maren Bergstrom

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    I know, they are not required. I don't think it should be taking that long, unless they can't find your old records.
    It isn't the catch or the kill that makes for a great outdoor experience but enjoying all that God has created for us.

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    We usually have an address change done in about a week to 10 days. A little longer if the original agency doesn't get us the paperwork.

    No reason for it to take 10 weeks.

    Original applications can sometimes take longer than we would like for a number of reasons. But address change, no way.
    "A bad day of hunting is better than a good day of work"

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    Listen guys it's all a game from the State & local police, they don't want us to have firearms. stand up for rights

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    Our rights are boing infringed with the mere concept of a FID card.

    Do I need a license to go to the church of my choice? To practic the right of free speech? Why do I need a permit or license for only the 2nd Amendment??
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    I sent that fax on Thursday afternoon. Tonight I got home from work and there was a message on my answering machine....come and get your card!

    Know the law, make a (POLITE but firm) inquiry...and there ya go.
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