In 2013, an individual applied to the Aberdeen Police Department for permits relating to the purchase of firearms. The department undertook a background check of the applicant and learned that he had been arrested in 1998 for domestic violence, with police responding to his home on five occasions within an 8-year span. The Aberdeen Police Chief denied the application for handgun permits, saying that the investigation “revealed a past history of domestic violence” and charging that this was a public safety concern. The Appellate Division upheld the denial, noting that the “Gun Control Law” allows the right to possess firearms, except for good cause. Part of the Court’s decision was the fact that the incidents of alleged violence were not isolated or aberrational.

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