City officials have ended a lengthy legal battle by finally granting a Jersey City man a permit to buy a handgun, three years after he applied for it.
Michael McGovern received the permit last month. Evan Nappen, McGovern’s attorney, said the city’s decision is “very important” to the gun rights movement.
“There’s now a pro-gun victory against Jersey City, and we’re proud of it, and it stands as an example to all the other municipalities that want to break the law,” Nappen said. “They’re on notice.”
McGovern initially applied for a permit to purchase a handgun in 2011. The city denied his application, saying McGovern refused to fill out special forms that the city includes with its application. The city also cited three times McGovern was arrested for misdemeanor offenses in Florida about a decade before (McGovern said he was not convicted; the city asked for proof).
In October 2012, a trial court ruled in Jersey City’s favor. In April 2014, an appellate court reversed that decision, ruling that Jersey City veered outside of its authority by demanding “substantially more” information on its gun-permit application than state law allows.