Nappen Law Firm Garners Court Order Refunding NJ Gun Permit Appeal Filing Fee

Nappen Law Firm Garners Court Order Refunding NJ Gun Permit Appeal Filing Fee
Nappen Law Firm Garners Court Order Refunding NJ Gun Permit Appeal Filing Fee
Evan Nappen
Evan Nappen

New Jersey –-(Ammoland.com)- Pursuant to N.J.S. 2C:58-3d, which governs New Jersey firearm permit appeals, “No formal pleading and no filing fee shall be required as a preliminary to such hearing.” (Emphasis added.)

Despite the above, over the last year, New Jersey’s county courts have been requiring a $50 filing fee “made payable to the Treasurer State of New Jersey” from people wishing to appeal their police chiefs’ denials of firearm permit applications.

The firm of Evan F. Nappen Attorney at Law PC immediately began challenging this practice. However, such matters often take months to finally come to a hearing.

On October 18, 2016, the Nappen Firm completed a case in Ocean County that included this challenge, regarding which the judge agreed and ordered “that the applicant shall be reimbursed the $50.00 filing fee.”

Louis P. Nappen, Esq., who handled the matter for the Firm, stated, ‘“No filing fee’ means ‘no filing fee.’ The law could not be clearer. I applaud the judge for correctly applying the law in this regard.”

The Order was served and, this past week, the Treasury of New Jersey issued the appellant his refund. (As pictured, above.)

“$50 may not seem like a lot,” Nappen continued, “but consider that there are thousands of permit appeals. That money adds up.”

In 1971, in the case Weston v. State, the New Jersey Supreme Court explained:

“The function of the Police Chief as the local administrative official charged with responsibility for the original decision to grant or withhold the firearms purchaser identification card involves largely the exercise of an informal discretion…. So viewed, it follows that the basic justice aimed at by the Legislature in expressly providing for judicial review, can be achieved fairly only by a de novo hearing in the County Court.… Such a judicial review compensates constitutionally for procedural deficiencies before the administrative official.”

In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that the right to keep arms is a fundamental, individual constitutional right belonging to all U.S. citizens.

In this regard, Evan F. Nappen, Esq., stated, “Denial of one’s constitutional rights should not be a cash-cow for the State and something that can be arbitrarily increased to discourage people from exercising the right to keep and bear arms.”

 

About:
Evan Nappen (www.EvanNappen.com) is a criminal defense attorney who has focused on New Jersey firearms and weapons law for over 23 years. He is the author of the New Jersey Gun Law Guide. Visit his website at www.EvanNappen.com

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    Alan

    The trouble with Class Action Suits is that in some of them, the aggrieved parties do not benefit much. This said, they do have their places.

    Alan
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    Alan

    The judges who preside in these courts aught to be held personally liable for improper charges. In addition, they should be required to write one million times on the black board or white board, the latter being more common these days, that they are charged with seeing to the proper enforcement of the law, a duty that they seemingly have avoided. As to the salaries they have collected, they should be charged with taking public monies under false pretenses, behavior that I assume would be actionable, punishable under the law.

    DMD
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    DMD

    Now it is time for the class action suit against NJ for refund all of those illegal fees–bring it on, attorney Nappen !!!! Adorable Deplorable DMD

    Charon
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    Charon

    Lawyers are so despicable.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Charon, maybe, until you need one.

    Rock
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    Rock

    It’s time for a NATIONAL CARRY law, not only for reciprocity states but ALL states. If you are a mentally stable, non criminal record, law abiding citizen you can carry nationwide, even in the remaining communist, liberal, democrat owned/operated states in these UNITED STATES ! California, New York, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and some others should no longer be able to keep U.S. citizens in good standing form protecting themselves. It should have NEVER gotten to the point is at now.

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    there already IS a concealed carry law.. its commonly called the Constituition’s Second Article of Ammendment. What needs to be done is for FedGov to realise that it has been assigned the task of seeing to it that NO INFRINGEMENTS upon our right to arms will stand. Thus, this nickel and dime business of suing every time an individual’s right to arms is infringed must end. The BATF need to be shorn of its assumed “duty” to regulate alcohol and tobacco, and turn its present resources to charging every state and local official every time any of them infringe… which… Read more »

    Gregory Huhn
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    Gregory Huhn

    FEE. FI, FO, FUM, HAPPY TO SEE THIS FEE IS DONE.