>but I am exercising my Second Amendment Rights
If you have to get a permit, it isn't a right, it's a privilege doled out at the whim of the government.
I see your point Michael, although the alternative of just picking up a weapon at the local quicki-mart cause I'm entitled scares the crap out of me.
I agree that NJ is ridiculous, and that if I have no reason to NOT be given a license to own and more so to carry (the latter does not happen here) but if I have lived my 54 years incident free, than beside a phone-call back-ground check which I understand is pretty standard everywhere, then yes I should not have to be allowed the "privilege" masked as a Right to own firearms.
Luckily, I still assume 'that without cause", the best NJ's system can do is delay the process and yes it is laughable that 8 weeks is a good and lofty goal. But, with 7901 people per square mile, NJ (to me) has some credibility in monitoring what could be chaos. I'm not saying if we had grown up in a state where weapons purchase was as easy in most states, that people would be flocking to gun stores to empty the shelves.
I'm actually saying the opposite. We have been taught that police and bad people have guns, and it is for our own protection to limit the firearms - literally a guilt taught from the earliest days of the liberal mindset of education to make us fear anything that goes bang and except for those families who still hunt (in this the Garden State) no one else needs guns because we have the police to protect us.
I have read it so many times in this forum that police responding to a home invasion are there for two reasons: to call the coroner and take finger prints - I admittedly bought into the idea that being a mile away from a police department my entire life brought me safety, when in reality that is a placebo and a security blanket full of holes. It is the here and now that counts, and if no one is left alive to hear the sirens and see the flashing lights, then the illusion of safety quickly falls to pieces.
Forgive me for rambling, surely Michael I am not disagreeing as I'm sure you have read. I can see how the 99% of forum members cannot imagine 8-12 weeks to get approval to purchase a firearm as a good thing. I don't like the idea one bit my self. But I will add an analogy that I think explains the mindset fed to the people:
Growing up, my mother always cooked steak well done, I knew of no other way and although I always thought it to be tough, I never knew any different and thought that was how steak was. Then, I tried a medium rare steak one time while out to dinner and I thought that it couldn't possibly be from the same animal. I've grown to be a rare steak eater and could not image ordering or cooking a well done steak ever again. You see in NJ we are fed well done steaks as for gun laws, we don't know that there are even rare steaks out there. Mean-while, most of the country has eaten rare steaks their whole life and take for granted that all steak should be like that, but sadly it is not. I hope that paints the picture, I often believe parables are the best way to tell a story and telling a NJ gun purchaser story needs a parable.