Sussex County man sues New Jersey State Police over 'right to carry' permit

A Sussex County man is suing the New Jersey State Police because he says he was denied a permit to carry a firearm. (4/18/14)

FREDON TOWNSHIP - A Sussex County man is suing the New Jersey State Police because he says he was denied a permit to carry a firearm.

John Drake owns about 30 ATMs, located in stores and bodegas all over North Jersey.  He drives around filling them himself, often carrying large amounts of cash.

When he applied for a permit to carry a handgun for protection, his application was denied. State police say he does not have a "justifiable need" for carrying a weapon, because there are other precautions he could take first.

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However, Drake tells News 12 New Jersey that he absolutely has a need, saying, "I'm carrying up to $80,000 in cash on me."

The case has gone all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which will soon decide whether or not to hear it. Gun rights activists are watching the case closely, because it could redefine how state gun laws co-exist with federal laws and the Second Amendment.

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