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

It is important to understand New Jersey’s strict gun laws in order to be a responsible firearm owner. If you have questions about the process of obtaining a firearm, it is in your best interest to contact our skilled New Jersey criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly to learn more.

Am I entitled to owning a firearm in New Jersey?

New Jersey takes their gun laws very seriously compared to other states in the U.S. In fact, New Jersey has a list of categories that can prohibit an individual from purchasing a gun. Those who fit into one or more of the following categories are not eligible to purchase a gun:

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

What documents must I show in order to apply for a gun permit in New Jersey?

In order to purchase a firearm, you must obtain a gun permit first. A permit requires several personal documents including:

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

Additionally, it is important to note that even if you have been approved for a permit to purchase a firearm, that does not grant you permission to legally carry your gun. In New Jersey, there is a separate permit to carry a gun, known as a license to carry. A license to carry involves many complexities and is difficult to obtain.

Once I have a permit, how do I purchase my gun?

After you have obtained a purchasing permit for a firearm, you are able to buy a gun in New Jersey. A person must purchase a gun from a licensed dealer or resident of the state. Most handgun transfers are held by the New Jersey State Firearms Investigation Unit unless it was a firearm willed to a transferee or brought into the state by a new resident.

If you have questions regarding the application process to obtain a firearm purchasing permit, or you have already received a permit and are looking to purchase, do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly to ensure you are going through this process correctly.

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