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 …
The following information was obtained directly from Middletown Township Police Department records. It does not indicate convictions.
- POLICE & FIRE
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
After committing an alleged burglary in Keansburg, a Middletown man was tracked and arrested at his home by Middletown police and now faces several drug, weapons and stolen jewelry possession charges On July 21 at 1:25 p.m., Patrolman Raymond Sofield responded to the area of Atlantic Avenue to assist the Keansburg Police Department search for a suspect wanted for committing a reported burglary in Keansburg during which jewelry and a handgun were allegedly stolen. Officer Sofeild and officers from the Keansburg Police Department located the suspect, identified as Joseph Lynch, 25, Atlantic Avenue in Middletown, at his residence. The officers conducted an investigation that resulted in Lynch being arrested and charged with: receiving stolen …