NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Gun control remains a highly controversial debate, even for the New Jersey Supreme Court who threw out a scheduled appeal that had been filed by a Monmouth County man who claims that he should be allowed to carry a gun.

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In 2013, the court decided to take on Richard Pantano’s appeal. A lower court had struck down his permit to carry a concealed handgun and it appeared that the high court would have a voice in the often controversial area of gun control.

In May, the state supreme court changed its mind and in a one sentence statement threw out the appeal, WCBS 880’s Jim smith reported.

Pantano, a landscaping supplier in Monmouth County, argued that his second amendment rights were being violated.

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He said that his business dealings leave him with large amounts of cash during off hours and that he needs to carry a handgun.

The lower court ruled that he did not have a justifiable need, but Pantano’s lawyer said that the case could head to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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