NEW JERSEY GUN LAWS

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New Jersey CCW QUICK FACTS

Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed SEE DETAILS
No Weapons Signs Enforced SEE DETAILS
Open Carry Permitted NO
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information

New Jersey gun laws are some of the most restrictive in the United States. It is a “May Issue” state so a person must demonstrate a justifiable need to carry a firearm. In reality it acts more like a “No Issue” state for regular citizens as permits are very difficult to obtain. Some of these restrictive laws are being tested in the courts. Permits are issued to both residents and non-residents. A firearms training course is required for new applicants and they must be at least 21 years or older.

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New Jersey CCW permit recognition

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Residential permits only
  • Issuing state


New Jersey does not honor permits from any other states.

New Jersey CCW Permit

New Jersey is a “May Issue” state.
Residents only.
The permit is valid for 2 years.

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Is a person of good character.
  • Has demonstrated he or she is familiar with the safe handling and use of handguns.
  • Has demonstrated a justifiable need to carry a handgun.
  • Have references from three persons who have known applicant for a minimum of three years.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons

WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT

Where You Can Carry

  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Casino
  • State Parks
  • School, college, university or other educational institution
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on New Jersey Gun Laws

New Jersey Contacts


New Jersey State Police
Firearms Unit

Hours

Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact

Address P.O. Box 7068

CityWest Trenton, NJ 08628

Phone 609-882-2000

 

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Bill
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Bill

Why is NJ so harsh on legal gun owners from other states , but seems to look the other way when it comes to criminals ?

Gary S
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Gary S

It’s not just folks from other states, New Jersey residents Can’t even stop to go to john if driving with a gun (of any kind) in their vehicle. Even locked in trunk in locked case.

Mike Lofton
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Mike Lofton

I live in NC and have my CCH. So when I visit family in NJ next week, I need to leave my firearm in NC correct?

Reed Richards
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Reed Richards

To clear up some notion because this site will tell you what is on paper New Jersey is a pseudo gun free state. They have only issued 1k permits out of a population of 9 million 0.001% of the population rendering it no-issue. They have denied cops, and ATM operators. Do not transport your firearms here. NJ has been known NOT to honor federal transportation laws. Hollow points and 10+ mags are illegal as well as a ban on certain long guns. You can debate this all you want but every charge yields a felony conviction of 5 years minimum… Read more »

Big Lou
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Big Lou

Can I carry my pistol concealed in my house . I have permit and FID CARD .

Lynn Strock
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Lynn Strock

I have a question in regards to New Jersey gun permits. My husband has not updated his permit for 23 years. The address on the firearms card is wrong. Can he be arrested for this?? and what are the penalties?

John Doe
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John Doe

I know in Philadelphia it has to updates every 5 years and you have to notify the firearm gun permit unit immediately if any information changes. I’m in the process of getting my permit/license to carry in New Jersey since I’m so close and work a job that requires me to go in and out of Jersey to philly so I’m not an expert on the way Jersey works with the permits but it would probably be a good idea to get it updated ASAP to avoid any type of felonies!

Reed Richards
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Reed Richards

Laws have unsurprisingly changed in NJ to exclude business owners from the permit list as well as even ATM and diamond merchants as you have to be approved by the police and then a judge. NJ has no reciprocity and even if you in the 0.001% to get the NJ permit, you will have to redo the WHOLE process over again as if you were a new applicant every two years. If you can, stay the hell out of NJ.

Gary S
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Gary S

If he goes to use it, there will be problem, info on FID must match drivers license. I just updated mine (20 yrs after move) Just have to go to local police station and get what you need. My station has a packet all ready. As a matter of fact, my town brough back a retired cop to work 2 days a week on Gun stuff. Got my updated FID and handgun permit in about 2.5 weeks

D.S
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D.S

My husband and I caught unlawful possession of handgun after a traffic stop a year ago. I am licensed to carry in North Carolina and came to new Jersey to pick my son up after he visit my mother for the summer. They charged us with second and 3rd degree. The handgun was locked in our center console as our vehicle didnt have a trunk. It was a 2015 ford expedition Eddie bauer. The magazine was in the handgun but no bullet was in chamber. They gave him a 5 flat and me a 5 with a 1. As i… Read more »

John Doe
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John Doe

New Jersey may not honor a different states permit. I’m sorry to hear of the bad news! I’m convinced that if you own a permit in one state, regardless if your travel to other states or not, one should invest in getting permits in other states that allow one to have more than one permit! Best of luck to you guys! Peace and prosperity

Reed Richards
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Reed Richards

Presidential pardon will be your strongest hope as every gun charge is a felony in New Jersey. NJ, MA and NY have been known NOT to honor federal transportation laws. Hopefully something will come from it out of the SCOTUS case concerning travel.

Russ
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Russ

Sorry to hear about your unfortunate situation. New Jersey is one of a few states, that are extremely tough when it comes to Gun Laws. Even as a holder of a NJ Firearms Card myself, I still get sweaty palms just driving to the range. In your case, You weren’t registered in the State of New Jersey when you were stopped. So, that’s an easy Unlawful possession Charge. I would seek the Advice of Counsel in New Jersey. Preferably, an Attorney who specializes in handling Gun Charges. It truly is a Pain for those of us who hold Firearms permits… Read more »

Gary S
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Gary S

Why did they search your car???? Did you give them permission?? Hopefully your lawyer can get it plead down. Good Luck

Gary S
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Gary S

try contacting these guys for info and probably lawyers names. They are currently behind a lawsuit with NJ that is before SCOTUS
The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs is the official NRA state affiliate in the Garden State email: info@anjrpc.org

Unknown
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Unknown

My dad had his fire arm in the car and they took him away is that the right thing it was not loaded there was not one in the head.

John Doe
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John Doe

It would have to be locked away and unloaded with the magazine separate from the firearm if he doesn’t have a permit to carry in New Jersey… Best of luck! Peace and prosperity

Unknown
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Unknown

My dad was recently arrested for having a gun in the car it was not loaded yes he has a license for it yes it’s illegal gun but they still took them away for a fire in the car is that right

luis flores
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luis flores

New Jersey state…. stupid government … not constitutional state … Democratic Party 🖕🖕🖕

Charlotte Ottilo
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Charlotte Ottilo

Can I go to the gun range with a licensed gun owner and shoot if I don’t possess a permit or license?

luis flores
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luis flores

Yes

Edward Hind
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Edward Hind

What is the age restriction for carrying a weapon? I”m 74

joe dark
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joe dark

there is none as long as you can prove you r capable

bruh
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bruh

is there an author

Touch85
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Touch85

Can’t get gas with guns in car

Reed Richards
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Reed Richards

Supreme court may rule on that in the upcoming future.

Bob
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Bob

I’m a security guard at a jewelry store in NJ
I was wondering is it legal to carry a fake hand gun?

joe dark
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joe dark

no u dumb fuck

Joe Dirt
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Joe Dirt

well joe dark you dumb fuck its a good way to get your ass shot

Cheri L Mumford
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Cheri L Mumford

I know I can’t carry in New Jersey but can I keep it locked up and separated from the ammo while I am in a hotel and staying for a couple days

Chris M
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Chris M

Nope. The second amendment doesn’t exist in NJ.
You are federally protected of you are driving through, only stopping for fuel or the restroom, but it’s worth noting that people have been detained and even arrested for doing so in NJ.
You cannot legally possess your firearm in NJ if you don’t live there and have proper paperwork.
I moved to PA from NJ and my parents still live there. I have to leave my firearm at home if I go visit them.
I’m really hoping Trump comes through with nation wide constitutional carry.

Greg
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Greg

Yes , I hope so ! NJ is a communist state !

Harry
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Harry

you can’t carry outside your home in NJ no way no how

Guest Al
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Guest Al

How do you get from your home to the gun range

John Lawrence McGrath
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John Lawrence McGrath

In trunk, locked in a case, separate from ammo, with no side trips.

Dianne V
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Dianne V

and if no trunk due to an suv.

Gary S
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Gary S

Locked in case, ammo locked in separate case, located in vehicle where driver can’t reach it. I got same issue with PU truck. Oh yeah, no stopping for coffee, to pee, get a sandwich, lunch with mom, gas. must go from your starting point to destination, w/o stopping.

John Doe
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John Doe

Even with a permit to carry?

Allan
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Allan

Hi

Charlie
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Charlie

I live in ny and also stay in nj I have a NY state and my city gun license for my business before I come to nj I dis arm my gun put in a lock safe inside my Truck their I put my Clicks with the bullets in another lock Box then put the key in from the first lock box then lock it up I read this in the NJ State Law on gun carrying A fire on in New Jersey if you do not have a New Jersey license is this correct

gary
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gary

Wow! There must not be any shootings in NJ.

Tiff C
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Tiff C

Federal officers fall under LEOSA and the law states they can carry in all 50 states, so what if someone under LEOSA get stopped in NJ then what? will they still be wrong?

OIFvet
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OIFvet

Hi, I’m a federal law enforcement officer who lives in FL. I am originally from NJ so I frequently go back there. I carry my firearm under LEOSA all the time, including in NJ. State laws are not allowed to supersede federal law, which LEOSA is federal law. They can not legally stop a qualified law enforcement officer from carrying under LEOSA. However, LEOSA only allows an officer to carry without a state issued CCW. The officer must still follow laws regarding ammunition capacity. It DOES exempt officers from restrictions on types of ammunition like hollow points. Hope this answer… Read more »

Lawabidingcitizen
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Lawabidingcitizen

So state law cannot supersede federal law? Why is NJ then usurping the constitutional “right to bear arms”? It’s a “may issue” state, and it’s impossible for the average citizen to get a concealed carry permit. Maybe you should come here and uphold your federal oath to protect the constitution against the tyrannical NJ elitists.

Reed Richards
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Reed Richards

Because the SCOTUS has left the mess to the circuit courts which have been bought and paid for. Heller and McDonald clarified for you to keep arms. Alito already said that also included bearing arms in a later opinion but where the courts defy scotus is in the ruling that intermediate and strict scrutiny can be used to make the individual bear the proof of why you should receive a permit making carrying a privilege.

moose
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moose

What if I’m coming to visit family in New Jersey? The state I live in has concealed carry for anyone without a permit as long as you are 21+ And have not been convicted.

Guest
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Guest

nope simple answer if your not from NJ you can’t bring a fire arm into NJ, nor is there any legal exception that would allow you to do so.

nunya buisness
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nunya buisness

wrong.,,,ish
you can bring whatever weapon you want into NJ as long as it is compliant with NJ law, like the Assault weapons law and yadda yadda, and no mag over 10 rounds, as long as you carry it in your trunk in the prescribed manner and you are not making any stops on route to family. the thing is i dont know if thats just for moving into the state or not, i just moved here again like 2 years ago, i brought all my guns with me

rob
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rob

in a prescribed manner like you said only to travel through new jersey if new jersey is your point B you go to jail

Roberto
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Roberto

in nj you go to jail