As proscribed, the applicant submitted his application for for a permit to carry his handgun to the local police department. That department approved the request and, as required, forwarded the application to the Superior Court-Law Division. The court, however, denied the application without a hearing. Had the police department denied the application, the applicant would have had the right to a hearing in the Law Division. But the statute is silent as to whether the applicant is entitled to a hearing if the court intends to deny the application. Prior to this opinion, the Courts issued an administrative order requiring a hearing in the latter circumstance. And in this opinion, the Court reiterated that and gave guidance to lower courts on how to conduct such hearings.
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