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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Touch85
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Touch85

Can’t get gas with guns in car

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

Mike
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Mike

What If I’m moving to Florida or any other state for that matter how are you supposed to transport your legal firearm there, if you can’t drive with it?

Matt
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Matt

I recommend UPS, FedEx, or driving around NJ. If you decide to drive through NJ, don’t do anything to get stopped. If you are stopped, good luck.

Chris M
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Chris M

You are federally protected if 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.

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.

rob
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rob

you go to jail

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?

rob
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rob

no concealed carry in NJ for ordinary citizens you go to jail

rob
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rob

you can’t carry in New Jersey you go to jail only law enforcement officer can carry in NJ and some lucky ordinary citizen with a lot of money you go to jail

PI385
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PI385

Actually there are around 1,200 active permits right now in NJ. To give all of you perspective on NJ I have concealed permits from other states. I am going to write the permit number for each state that I have a permit for then NJ where I live. Utah 4,922,161 / NH 202,015 / Florida 1,871,883 / Arizona 8,213.230/ ready for it here it is NJ 19,567.

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 »

ROB
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ROB

I CAN’T EXPLAINED BETTER YOU GO TO JAIL

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.

Kaiser C.
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Kaiser C.

I guess in theory they’re illegal, but they’ll only really get you if you have some other stuff they’re gonna get you with anyway (a’la Tony soprano)

Roberto
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Roberto

The 15 rounds magazines try to go to a gun shop that turn them to 10 rounds if not you can be in trouble

Chris M
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Chris M

Hollow points are technically not illegal, but treated the same and a firearm. Only to and from the gun store and shooting range, otherwise you go to jail.

Chris M
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Chris M

Also noteworthy, each bullet is a separate felony.
Buddy of mine got 11 felony charges for having a firearm with 10 hollow points in it.

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.

Kaiser C.
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Kaiser C.

This is small comfort to anyone who spends 2 years in prison for making a wrong turn.

ROB
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ROB

I KNOW THAT STATEMENT MAKE YOU RELEASED YOUR STRESS FROM NOT BE ALLOWED TO CARRY A HANDGUN IN NEW JERSEY IS SEVERAL ( ORDINARY PCITIZENS ) LIKE CRYING FOR NOT BEEN ALLOWED TO CARRY IN NJ

Roberto
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Roberto

You are watching too many John Wayne movies you come to NJ with your CCW and if they the police stop you and found out that you are carrying your firearm they don’t care about your unconstitutional law you will go to prison you just talking from anger that you can’t carry in NJ

ROB
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ROB

YOU GO TO JAIL

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.

ROB
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ROB

VERY CLEAR THEY STATE THAT BEFORE YOU TRAVEL WITH AFIREARM FROM STATE TO STATE KNOW THAT STATE GUN LAW BEFORE HE IS GOING TO JAIL

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.

ROB
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ROB

IS NOT INTERSTATE HOTEL IN NEW JERSEY NEVER HEARD ABOUT IT THAT’S WHAT THE JUDGE GOING TO TELL YOU, NEW JERSEY GUN LAW , NO DEVIATION OR STOPPING UNNECESARY IN NJ WITH A FIREARM NO INTERSTATE HOTELS GO WITH THAT EXCUESED TO ANOTHER STATE

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!!