How to Legally Obtain a Firearm in the State of New Jersey

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New Jersey does not stand for gun violations. If you would like to obtain a firearm, it is crucial that you understand New Jersey’s gun laws to avoid the consequences of gun charges. At The Vigilante Law Firm, P.C., we have seen many clients face gun penalties. Continue reading to learn more about New Jersey gun laws so that you can be a responsible firearm owner. If you were charged with a gun violation, or have any questions regarding the application process in obtaining a firearm, do not hesitate to contact our experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorneys today.

Can I own a firearm in New Jersey?

New Jersey has strict gun laws compared to other states in the United States. There are various categories that New Jersey prohibits the purchase of guns from. You may not purchase a gun in New Jersey if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • Minors under the age of 18
  • Those convicted of aggravated assault, arson, burglary, extortion, homicide, kidnapping, robbery, sexual assault
  • Those committed for mental disorder unless there is satisfactory proof they no longer suffer from a disorder that handicaps them from handling a firearm
  • Those convicted of the unlawful use, possession, or sale of controlled dangerous substances
  • Those who are drug dependent
  • Those who have physical defects that make them unsafe to handle a firearm

What documents do I need to show to apply for a gun permit?

You cannot purchase a firearm in New Jersey without a gun permit. In order to apply for a permit, you will have to submit various documents. This includes:

  • Two character references
  • An executed Consent for Mental Health Records Search
  • A passport
  • Your driver’s license

It is also important to understand that even if you have acquired a permit to purchase a gun, that does not allow you to carry your gun. In New Jersey, there is a separate permit to carry a gun that involves a complex process to obtain.

How do I purchase a gun?

Once you have obtained a purchasing permit, you can buy a gun in New Jersey. An individual must purchase a gun from a licensed dealer or resident of the state. Handgun transfers are held by the New Jersey State Firearms Investigation Unit, with rare exceptions. These exceptions may include firearms willed to a transferee and those brought into the state by new residents.

If you are considering the purchase of a gun, it is important to understand New Jersey’s gun laws to avoid violations. Contact our experienced criminal defense firm to learn more about the process.

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