How to Legally Purchase a Gun in New Jersey

In these uncertain times, more and more people are looking to purchase firearms in the state of New Jersey. Our firm values your Second Amendment rights, however, we have compiled this short guide to help ensure that when you purchase a firearm, you do so legally so that you do not wind up facing unwarranted gun charges. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable New Jersey criminal defense attorney to learn more about how to safely obtain a gun in NJ.

How do I get a gun permit in New Jersey?

There are two times of gun permits in NJ; the handgun purchasing permit and the firearm purchaser identification card. If you want to purchase a shotgun, rifle, or another long gun, you will need a firearm purchaser identification card, and if you wish to purchase a handgun, you will need a handgun purchasing permit. The applications are the same, though the permits are different.

What information will I have to provide to get a gun permit?

You will have to supplement your application for a permit with the following information:

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

From here, the police conduct a background check with the FBI. As long as everything works out, you should be able to purchase a firearm in New Jersey.

Am I allowed to open carry in New Jersey?

In most cases, the answer is no. However, if you can provide a valid reason for wanting to open carry, such as your job requiring it or you’ve had threats made against you, you may be allowed to open carry.

What happens if my NJ gun permit was denied?

New Jersey is notoriously strict when it comes to its gun laws, which is why oftentimes, people feel they have been unfairly denied their right to own a firearm. For example, if you made a mistake years ago and have a criminal record, though you still pose no danger to the public, you may be denied your right to a gun permit. However, you may appeal the decision within 30 days, though the appeals process is not easy to navigate alone. Our firm is more than happy to guide you through the legal process ahead. Give us a call today.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

Thomas DeMarco & Associates, LLC is an experienced Camden County criminal defense law firm located in Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey. We understand how potentially damaging a criminal can be, which is why we pride ourselves in our willingness to fight for our client’s rights. Our firm handles all criminal matters and is ready to provide you with our knowledgeable legal counsel. Do not hesitate to contact our firm to discuss your legal situation.

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