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Unformatted text preview: s, concealed weapons permits are issued at the discretion of the licensing authority. In Alabama, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Wyoming and the District of Columbia, concealed 209 © Legal Community Against Violence 2008 weapons permits are issued by local law enforcement agencies. Concealed weapons permits in Maryland are issued by the state police. (Massachusetts and New Jersey also authorize the state police to issue concealed weapons permits, in addition to local law enforcement.) In Delaware and New Jersey, court approval is required. In addition to requiring applicants to pass a background check, concealed weapons laws in these states contain a variety of standards to guide licensing authorities in exercising their discretion: a. States Requiring a Showing of Good Cause for Issuance of a Permit: Most “may issue” states require a showing of need by the applicant to carry a concealed firearm. Alabama, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia require applicants for concealed weapons permits to demonstrate good cause or a justifiable need to carry a concealed weapon. Some states further delineate the circumstances that constitute good cause or justifiable need: Alabama, Massachusetts and Rhode Island require the applicant to show a “good reason” to fear injury to his or her person or property, or any other proper reason for carrying a concealed firearm. Delaware issues concealed weapons licenses only “for personal protection or the protection of the person’s property.” Hawaii grants licenses to carry concealed weapons “[i]n an exceptional case, when an applicant shows reason to fear injury to the applicant’s person or property.” b. States Requiring Applicants to be of Good Character: Most “may issue” states also require the licensing authority to consider the character of the applicant. Alabama, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia allow permits to be issued only to “suitable persons.” California, Delaware and New York require the licensing authority to find the applicant is of “good moral cha...
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