An appellate court recently upheld the decision of Perth Amboy, N.J., authorities to deny a handgun permit to a local man based solely on his record of traffic tickets. Over the past 15 years, motorist Rahman Idlett has racked up roughly a violation per year, which Superior Court Judge Joseph Rea called in his decision earlier this year “one of the worst driving records” he has seen from a prospective gun permit holder.
Such a record behind the wheel, he argued, suggests Idlett might also disregard gun safety laws.
“Having a driving record this atrocious consistently, over a long period of time,” Rea added, “says a lot about a person and their respect for the law and their ability to comport themselves appropriately within legal boundaries.”
The rationale, however, failed to resonate with numerous critics.
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Nevertheless, an appeals court upheld the lower rulings, stating gun permits are typically withheld from “persons likely to pose a danger to the public.”