New Jersey man denied gun permit due to ‘atrocious’ driving record

A New Jersey appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court’s ruling denying a Middlesex County man a license to carry a gun due to his history of moving violations.

Rahman Keith Idlett applied for a permit in 2015 and was turned down by Perth Amboy’s chief of police over his driving record which included sixteen speeding tickets, two careless driving citations, three for either obstructing the passage of other vehicles or delaying traffic, a ticket for failure to observe a traffic control device, two accidents, four citations for either unsafe or improper operation, four citations for driving while his license was suspended, two tickets for driving without a license, two failures to appear in court, two failures to pay an insurance surcharge and a citation for displaying fictitious plates.

Granted, it was all over a 15 year period, but it was still enough for Middlesex County Judge Joseph Rea to conclude last year when Idlett challenged the police chief’s refusal that his was “was one of the worst driving records I think I have ever seen” and that, while driving and carrying a gun are not the same thing by far, Rea noted that “having a driving record this atrocious consistently, over a long period of time, says a lot about a person and their respect for the law and their ability to comport themselves appropriately within legal boundaries.”

The two-judge panel of Judges Sabtino and Accurso affirmed Rea’s decision, citing the issuance of the permit would be contrary to the public interest.

No word on if Idlett, who did not offer any evidence up to the court as to why they should reverse Rea’s original decision, will appeal to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

[ Court Documents ]