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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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?

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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.

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.

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?

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