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. 

7ts January 21, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Maybe people are feeling like the judicial system is set up more towards worrying about the criminals rights instead of the victims? Maybe people feel like the police are out there more to ticket and fine the middle class to death instead of protecting us against oh I don't know people who might stab us in the back in a store. Maybe people are starting to see we need to protect ourselves because the government doesn't really care one way or another about us.
beth perez January 21, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Middletown pd does a fine job... its the judges who keep letting them out!!!!
7ts January 21, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Beth I'm sure the police would do a fine job if not for the fact that the township really just wants them to bring in revenue in the form of tickets and fines. It's the way the system is set up. My daughter goes to school in Baltimore. The police spend more time ticketing the middle-class college kids for petty offenses because they know these kids have the money to pay the fines. In the mean time shootings, stabbings and muggings that happen on or near school property go unsolved because they know the thugs don't have any money to feed the system. It's all a money making machine. It's not set up to help you it's set up to bring in revenue. I feel sorry for any new policeman who really believes in his/her job they must get disillusioned quickly.
Thenews January 21, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Debbie maybe you should contact the municipal court so they can make you aware as to where the money for fines goes. When some one pleads guilty to a title 39 (motor vehicle summons) or a state criminal statute the money goes up to the state of nj and the municipality only retains the court costs which is typically about $30-$40. When a township ordinance is violated that money goes to the municipality. So when you see the Middletown Police Department issuing motor vehicle tickets you know that they money does not go into their pockets. Do you honestly think police officers care about the revenue the state makes? They have a contract that is paid for by the resident's taxes primarily. And the police in Baltimore wouldn't have to ticket the middle class college kids if they were not breaking the law in the first place....
RIFFAXE January 21, 2013 at 08:24 PM
RIFFAXE January 21, 2013 at 08:46 PM
While it may be true that the state collects a fee, keep in mind that the state is who administers the benefits for the police including a very generous retirement package. Also the court system is one of the ways that the police get overtime pay. I don't think there is any doubt that the system of law in this country overall has become a cottage industry for all players involved. After all its our legislators who make new laws(who are usually lawyers) that keep growing the law industry. Between supposed the war on drugs, raising the drinking age to 21 and provisional licensing laws, it directs too many resources to these issues and makes for easy processing in the system. It's not that i am blaming the police, but lets face it they do put the bulk of their resources to these kinds of things. And no it has not made a difference.
7ts January 21, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Thank you Riffaxe. Thenews-Yes I honestly think the police are told to take in revenue. I also believe they have ticket quotas. I also think you're being a bit smug about your knowledge of Baltimore. Yes these kids (mostly white) get into trouble. Mostly for underage drinking. Now I know you probably never broke the law by underage drinking, but some kids do. As a matter of fact most college kids do and the violations have nothing to do with driving. And the Baltimore police just love to ticket the college kids. In the mean time they ignore muggings on campus that occur to college students. These are usually by knifepoint or gunpoint. Because they won't get a dime out of the muggers. See how it works? Criminals don't pay the middle class does. Which was my point to begin with but I guess you missed that.
7ts January 21, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Riffaxe the states were made to change the drinking age to 21 or lose federal funding for roads I believe. So all states were forced to change the age to 21. As for the war on drugs, what a waste of time and money! I read somewhere that most prisons in the US are owned by a handful of companies. Guess who invests in these companies? Congressmen.
Joe January 21, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Good point theNews. It always amazes me when parents complain about police "picking" on their little darlings for speeding, driving and texting, driving recklessly, DUI, and general rowdy behavior. When I was that age, the police would have been the least of my problems - there would have been hell to pay from my parents. Unfortunately, blaming the cops is what passes for parenting these days.
Annmarie Amadeo January 22, 2013 at 12:02 AM
How about any solution to a creep that stabs someone in the back....what good would a gun have done for her unless she was carrying a loaded one with it in nearby trigger pulling range(as she shopped for curtains).while, an armed policeman in every store, and every school sounds like the answer how about the Pathmark creep in Old Bridge or the Newtown shooter that decide to just shot out the glass..metal detectors...only go so far! I'm afraid soon we will start to see iron gates over all windows and doors......any solutions are welcomed
Thenews January 22, 2013 at 04:55 AM
Please go interview the fine officers of the Middletown Police Department. I can assure even the most disgruntled officers will inform you there is no ticket quota as they are illegal. If you really think they care about revenue then you must have some something against the police department. The state does administer the pension plan but it is up to each municipality that determines the benefit and compensation at retirement. Yes, I did underage drink as well as just everyone else. If these kids have to worry about getting caught then just don't drink. When did the laws become optional and now the police are the evil for enforcing them? How about the parents be more tough on their kids and teach them something instead of playing beer pong with them...Btw the phone number for MTPD is 732-615-2100 if you have any revenue or quota questions.
RIFFAXE January 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM
I grew up during a time when the police actually knew people. So if if i did get caught they assessed your condition, and sent you home. I did not have to go through the legal system. With the new system in place there is no added benefits by having the drinking age 21.Think about what you stated "college kids and underage drinking". First of all they are adults. And for the record i was not referring to Baltimore. Just making general comments and expressing my views on the subject. The best thing to do is to not send your young adults to areas with a bad reputation to begin with. And yes for me personally a firearm would help me with anyone assaulting me or my family. Unfortunately in NJ I cannot defend myself that way
RIFFAXE January 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM
The govt. is now officially out of control and as long as they are in collusion with companies that have these kinds of lobbies than the govt. will continue to grow.
RIFFAXE January 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Some of us do know how to protect ourselves. A weapon is not for everyone and is a personal choice. I do know how to protect myself but in NJ that right has been taken away from me because it is supposed to be for the overall good of everyone. We as a society have become complacent mainly because of the Taxes we pay that includes police protection. First of all it is up to the store to hire protection, not use a permanent police officer. There are certainly armed guards in many stores. The schools are in the public domain and the police could very easily focus there efforts there.
Kathy Giaquinto January 22, 2013 at 06:04 PM
all police departments definitely have a quota on tickets and arrests. plain and simple. i bet you think we should call tom cruise and jon travolta and ask them if they are gay, ray lewis if he murdered those poor kids out side that night club and lance armstrong if he was on the juice also. By the way - do you have santa's email address? With the rise in the cost of stamps I cannot afford to send him my list anymore.
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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