Gun Permit Applications On the Rise in Middletown Township

The Police Department's Records Bureau has been busy processing, and approving, applications for permits to purchase guns.

The number of applications for firearms ID cards and pistol permits has been steadily rising in Middletown Township.

"For past four years, gun permits in this town are way up," said Middletown Township Police Chief Robert Oches in an interview last week. 

Between 2007 and 2012, MTPD approved three times as many NJ firearm ID card cards, and more than twice as many pistol purchase permits.

Many believe the surge in demand comes from fear that more stringent firearm regulations will take place under President Barack Obama's administration.

About 10 to 15 applications are denied each year, said Oches, who signs off on each approval. "It is usually because the applicant omits essential information on the application form, such as a criminal record or treatment of a mental or psychiatric condition, he said. 


Middletown Township, NJ approved firearm transactions


2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

Firearms Purchaser ID Cards (for rifles and shotguns)

93 111 222 179 86 270

Handgun Permits 319 400 563 535 282 747

The township collects a nominal fees for the processing of applications. A yellow firearms purchaser identification card is $5, and the permit to purchase a handgun is $2. The fee to be fingerprinted through the state police MorphoTrak system is $18.

Editor's note: This story was edited on Jan. 22 to correct Chief Robert Oches comment. He said he denies 10 to 15 applications a year -- not 10 to 15 percent of applications each year. 

marylou January 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Joe,cops to pick on kids,They did it when I was young and they still do.Not all of them,thankfully.
marylou January 22, 2013 at 11:15 PM
RIFFAXE,unless you have been convicted of a felony,you are allowed to own a gun and keep it in your home for protection.Don't shop in stores that don't have armed rent a cops who are just looking to shoot someone for shoplifting.And if they miss the perp.and their shots hit some innocent people,so be it.
7ts January 22, 2013 at 11:53 PM
First off Joe don't you dare claim to tell me what kind of parent I am you sanctimonious jerk. You don't know me so don't pass judgement on me. Secondly if you didn't have your head so far up your own butt you could see how the government is not your friend. And for the record I have nothing against cops. I just think their purpose has long ago been abandoned to protect and serve. Now it just seems we get ticketed and taxed to death. Do you really think the government cares if you wear your seatbelt or not? Or did the insurance industry lobby for that one. How about the red stickers on the plates? One child gets killed and a law needs to be passed. Give me a break already with this bs. And for the record I have two great kids who have never been in trouble with the law.
7ts January 22, 2013 at 11:58 PM
thenews I have no problem with the cops. I just think they are a revenue source that's all. I also think that most cops don't want to have to give out lots of tickets. They would rather be fighting crime. I am a responsible parent and my kids are good kids. Between you and that guy Joe I feel like ripping my hair out. Are you two that naive to think the government cares about you? How much more do you need to be taxed and fined before you see the light? I got a bridge to sell you.
RIFFAXE January 23, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Yes i do own guns and would use them if forced to, even though i would probably have to hire a lawyer and still lose my rights or possibly go to jail. You see in NJ the law do's not recognize what is called the Castle Doctrine that would protect me. The law in NJ requires me to leave my home first if possible before using force. And the criminal can even sue me and win! And the Castle Doctrine go's beyond your home. It includes your vehicle and your business as well. In NJ i can't even protect my own business and forces me to hire a so called "Rent A Cop" . What do you think that only the police know how to use firearms? There are many of us out here that are trained beyond what you are thinking and are not police officers.


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