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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LLOYDONA
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LLOYDONA

If you live in a private gated community in NJ that the police do not patrol, can you carry in that community. What if I just want to show another resident my firearm and he is not able to walk to my home.

John
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John

This is completely wrong New Jersey’s carry permit is a “carry permit” if you are one of the 662 people who actually have a carry permit in New Jersey you can carry open or concealed … New Jersey’s permits are NOT concealed permit .
I know for a fact as I’m going through litigation right now

Kle
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Kle

What do you mean a concealed carry permit does not allow you to carry? If it’s issued from New Jersey?

Mike H
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Mike H

Can a NJ resident with a Utah CCW permit, leave the state with the weapon separated and locked in their vehicle and drive to a state that recognizes the non resident permit ” aka Delaware or new Hampshire/Vermont, and carry once in that state. and before returning to NJ to separate and lock the weapon up.

Matt
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Matt

To everyone unfamiliar with NJ gun laws: Mere possession of a handgun in NJ is a FELONY. One can only possess a handgun in NJ with a NJ carry permit (which almost no one has), or through a small number of exemptions (in your house, or in the trunk of your car going directly to or from the range or gun store – and yes, they do mean DIRECTLY). Do not have a handgun in your car in NJ unless you are going directly to and from the range or gun store. It doesn’t matter that it’s unloaded and locked… Read more »

DeeLo
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DeeLo

To anyone from outside NJ thinking of bringing a firearm into NJ — just don’t do it! By car, by flying in, by hiking in, even if you are just trying to pass through. There are too many gotchas in NJ’s laws that they can get you on, and more restrictions are added frequently. NJ law is written as a total ban, with a few “exceptions” that allow for possessing a firearm. Simply possessing a 10+ magazine, without a firearm anywhere near it, is now a felony. No hollow points, there’ s a list of banned firearms, they ignore federal… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

I was unaware that hollow points are a ‘no-no’? I have them, and buy them from just a plain old gun shop. I still have the 15 round mags in my lock box, but I only use the 10 round at the range.

Lou kancher
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Lou kancher

Hi. I am a Pennsylvania. Resident with a CCW if I travel into New Jersey with a weapon that is unloaded and locked in a container in the trunk and any ammunition ammunition is locked in a separate container in the Trunk is this permissible?

Matt
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Matt

No. Only if you’re going directly to or from your home, gun range or gun store. In short, it is a felony in NJ.

Will
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Will

I’ll make this clear to all people, I live in nj and they can pass all the laws they want but and unconstitutional law in not a law, no matter how much they say it is. Nj is top 3 or the most corrupt and unconstitutional states in the country and are slowly taking freedoms away and trying to make us all slaves to the government. Mark my words if they keep it up there will be blood shed in a second revolutionary war/civil war.

joseph varnadore
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joseph varnadore

I have a friend, from SC who’s 26 year old son was traveling thru NJ. [towing a boat for work] about a month ago. Pulled for taillight out on trailer. He had a pistol in center console. He did not know the rules [laws] He voluntarily informed the officer that it was in center console. He was arrested and is due for trial on Dec 10th. He is looking at real prison time. Does anyone have any advice , other than get a good lawyer.

N. Castillo
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N. Castillo

Try to get him in the PTI program.

Joe Chit
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Joe Chit

NJ dumbocraps are retarts.

RSD
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RSD

I am a senior, former NJ resident now living in NC. I am an active range shooter and I have a NC carry permit. I rarely visit NJ but when I do I leave my guns in NC. To be perfectly honest I favor NJ gun laws becase statistics show that there is less gun vololence in NJ than many of the Carry states including NC While it is true that criminals can get guns easily in NJ they also can get them in NC from friends who live in the “Hood” but can buy guns legally. You can argue… Read more »

Mark
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Mark

Your also safer in New Jersey from the harms that beset you from pumping your own gas. Dumb laws dumb state.

Bob white
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Bob white

Why don’t you move back to no since you favor their laws. That the problem, y’all move down her to escape the cesspool that y’all created only to bring it with you. Please leave

Emc
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Emc

There is no such thing like gun violence. That is some kind of an anti-gun propaganda that you are trying to pass over here. If you think there is no shootings in NJ go visit Newark, Trenton, Camden, Paterson, Irvington etc. There is more shootings in those towns than in entire NC. Finally if you so miss NJ gun laws go right back to NJ.

Clyde S Zackery
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Clyde S Zackery

NJ is the 2nd or 3rd worse gun ownership state. Other states you can purchase handguns w/state ID, NJ requires you to request a permit for each handgun you expect to purchase. And you can only purchase one every 30 days (w/permit). Now I’m here collecting guns, but i’m discouraged to so so by these NJ state laws. I’ve missed out on multiple handguns because of these laws. I am so on the verge of leaving- 4 more years unless a blessing comes my way sooner.

joe chit
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joe chit

NJ is an all commie state. I cant wait to leave.

Joe Chit
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Joe Chit

NJ is the 2nd worse state behind NY.
Thats why for every person coming into NJ 2 are leaving.
State needs to be split in half. Commie lib tard freaks in east jersey & Honest hard working people in the west of jersey.

Vince
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Vince

Basically, from what you can research NJ does not recognize any other state CC permit. My question is if you are traveling through NJ and lock the unloaded weapon in your airline approved case in your truck and separate the ammo you should be OK? However, you are allowed to carry in rest areas, or service areas? What about an Interstate Hotel?

Mitch
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Mitch

The only way to transport a weapon through NJ is in a lock box in a trunk. Do not attempt to carry anywhere. No rest areas, service areas or any hotel. Unless one has NJ CCW one may not carry.

Dean
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Dean

I live in this horrendous state and when it comes to gun laws and you are from another state traveling through I would, by any means, find another route and bypass nj all together if you can.

Clyde S Zackery
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Clyde S Zackery

Separate the ammo from the firearm, to be blunt you can have firearm-locked and ammo-locked in the same area. Infact, you can have firearm-locked and ammo -locked/secured in the same bag. NJ does not recognize CC from other states, so you are not allowed to carry in rest areas, service areas or ANY area, period.

Clyde S Zackery
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Clyde S Zackery

No carry from out of state permit holders anywhere in NJ- they do not recognize out of state permits! They barely recognize their own (not enough issued to have an idea what the actual permit looks like

joe chit
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joe chit

Nothing is ok in NJ except that u can purchase anything in the cities illegally.

Ed J
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Ed J

I have a TN gun license to carry (open and /or concealed). What are the restrictionsof carrying it there? What about carrying it in vehicle?

Clyde S Zackery
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Clyde S Zackery

No NJ carry, period. They do not recognize out of state cc permits/license

Joe Chit
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Joe Chit

If u are not a resident of NJ do not put anytime of gun in your trunk. U will go to jail. All commie state and commie politicians.

Texas Resident
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Texas Resident

Don’t bring any weapons to NJ! It’s a felony!!

Jonathan P Cheslock
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Jonathan P Cheslock

I live in PA and my family and I like to hike the Appalachian Trail on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River. Is that considered State Forest or State Park? In my letter to apply for a concealed weapons permit I said due to recent events in news and the fact that I hiked a lot in New Jersey and vacation a lot in New Jersey at the Jersey shore, I would like to feel comfortable that I can legally defend and protect my family any life and death situations should occur. Am I waisting my time even… Read more »

Matt
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Matt

You’re wasting your time. The only people who get approved for CCW permits in New Jersey are politicians, judges and the politically connected. The entire “justifiable need” system is set up to deny virtually all citizens the constitutional right to carry a firearm in the state. The state is very secretive about what is necessary to be approved and who has carry permits. Essentially the only way you would even be considered is if there is an imminent threat to your life and even that is no guarantee. And from what I’ve read there’s only 1200-1600 permits approved annually.

Clyde S Zackery
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Clyde S Zackery

If you are in NJ, you can not carry, period. NJ dies not recognize out of state carry permits. You would be in violation, and yes it’s a state park

Joe Chit
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Joe Chit

Welcome to NJ it is the state of NO. I don’t think u can pick up a stick in NJ to defend yourself.
NJ needs to be split; NJ & West NJ.

Kaiser89
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Kaiser89

So if your not a resident of new jersey, but you have a license in another state, can you carry it in your car, unloaded, in a secure case?

Bud
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Bud

yes

Joshua
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Joshua

Just make sure you don’t have any of those evil 11 round magazines or hollowpoint ammunition. Somehow those instantly make you an evil assassin in Jersey.

Dean
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Dean

Just dont get pulled over..or better yet avoid traveling through nj all together. Find another route.

Clyde S Zackery
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Clyde S Zackery

Yes

Joe Chit
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Joe Chit

Nope u need an NJ drivers license & an ID card.

Texas Resident
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Texas Resident

No. Unless you’re going to the range, then back home!! It’s not worth the risk!!!

Jebaited
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Jebaited

“Open carrying a handgun without or with a permit/license in New Jersey is illegal. Your permit/license gives you the right to carry a concealed firearm, and you must carry it concealed.
But note there is actually no law that bans open carry in New Jersey.”

Wat?

Ep302549
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Ep302549

No open carry regardless of whether you are one of the extremely few that are approved for a carry permit. All carrying must be concealed with a ccw but to obtain a carry permit is impossible unless you can demonstrate a true and provable threat to life.

Joshua
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Joshua

My best guess is that it is illegal to carry a handgun without a license. With a license it is only legal to carry concealed. Therefore, even though they have not explicitly banned open carry, it is not legal because of the other laws dealing with concealed carry. There is a defacto ban on open carry despite the fact that they do not explicitly state that it is illegal.

Nora
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Nora

I find the law very confusing. What do they consider a reasonable need to own a gun?

CallmeDom
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CallmeDom

They don’t need to know your reason for owning a firearm, if that’s all your trying to do. Purchaser IDs and and handgun permits are on a ‘shall’ issue basis. You’ll get those so long as your background is clear and you can get 2 references. You are free to keep those weapons at your home. They’re only allowed in the car if your going to or from a range or if your traveling for vacation and wish to transport them. But they must be unloaded and locked in a case in the trunk seperate from any ammo which also… Read more »

Clyde S Zackery
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Clyde S Zackery

A store owner was robbed multiple times, pistol whipped as well. He also cited past aggressions against previous owner… No permit issued. If u want an NJ carry permit, pull out your discressionary check book, know who to pay or someone who knows that person. Permits are issued to the priviledge (financially) few

Joe Chit
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Joe Chit

A T-34 russian tank in ur driveway. Maybe u can have a BB gun but only a single shot.

Suave_D
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Suave_D

If you want to conceal carry, then get the hell out of New Jersey. The hypocritical state legislators don’t give a damn about the average citizen there.

Peter
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Peter

A federal law was passed months ago stating that all states must honor out off state concealed licenses. So I applied for NH Non-Resident for $100 and received in by main a week later.

Peter Goldwing
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Peter Goldwing

No, was not

jim
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jim

If you believe that, get your lawyers lined up.

Congress approved that bill. The Senate did not bother to vote on it as they don’t have 60 votes to approve. Therefore it is NOT a law. Trump would have signed it if both houses had passed the bill.

Clyde S Zackery
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Clyde S Zackery

True

Joe Chit
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Joe Chit

You are right cause NJ is a communist state. Every dumbocrap is anti gun. They are communists. They do not hold up the Constit. except for criminals. Get out of NJ now while u can. Miserable state of NO.

Joe Chit
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Joe Chit

You can purchase machine guns in the cities illegally so there goes gun control.
Dumbocraps in NJ are commies and don’t abide by our Constit. But follow the criminals like hitler stalin. Thats NJ dumbocraps for ya all commies. Takes 6 months to get a pistol permit or go into the cities and get a pistol now. Dummy state going downhill fast.