What do you need to know about New Jersey gun permits?
All individuals who want to own a firearm in New Jersey have to have a state-issued permit. There are two types of permits in the state, depending on whether the weapon is classified as a handgun or a riffle/shotgun.
A lifetime firearm permit in NJ is required for a purchase of any gun. An additional permit is required for every handgun purchase made, and only one purchase can be made every month.
When it comes to the ability to carry a firearm in New Jersey, this requires a “carry permit”, that are almost exclusively issued to active police officers, and in rare cases, to retired law enforcement.
In order to buy a firearm in New Jersey, you’ll need either a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card from your local police station or a permit to purchase a handgun.
It is important to know that in the state of New Jersey, a BB gun, Pellet Gun, or paintball gun can all be considered a “firearm”. The rule is, if it shoots a projectile, and can possibly hurt someone, it might be considered a firearm, and requires a permit.
What does a permit application require?
The application form is the same for both types of purchase permits and will require you to provide certain personal information, including your current residence, place of employment, and use of alcohol or controlled dangerous substances. The permit process will also include a complete background check with the New Jersey State Police and FBI, mental health records search, investigation by the local police, fingerprinting, and two references
How do you obtain a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or a Permit to Purchase a Handgun?
You must apply through your local police department or the New Jersey State Police station that covers your municipality. You can apply online on their website.
If you moved to New Jersey from another state.
Firearms that have been legally acquired in another state, are legal to possess in New Jersey.
How do you transport a firearm if you don’t have a Carry Permit?
Firearms shall be carried unloaded and contained in a closed and fastened case, gunbox, securely tied package or locked in the trunk of the vehicle in which it is being transported.
As a precaution, ammunition shall be transported in a separate container and locked in the trunk of the vehicle. Ammunition magazines may remain loaded during transportation and shall be carried separately from the firearm.
Not every application for a permit is automatically granted, and if there are any nuances or complications in your process, you’re going to need assistance of an experienced attorney.