What Are the Gun Laws in New Jersey?

Though New Jersey does support the legal use of firearms, the truth is, New Jersey is one of the stricter states when it comes to gun regulation. If you are someone who has been charged with a gun crime in the state of New Jersey, you are most likely facing serious penalties, that may potentially affect your life forever. That being said, gun owners and vendors must always do their business according to the law which is why below, we have compiled a list of New Jersey gun laws and regulations that New Jerseyans must abide by. Gun laws in New Jersey are as follows:

Unlike many other states across the U.S., New Jersey does not have a State Constitutional Provision regarding gun laws, however, the New Jersey constitution does offer certain “unalienable” rights, which essentially allow people to use guns for defending life, protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety. However, as mentioned earlier, there are several restrictions placed on gun owners and vendors in New Jersey.

For example, New Jerseyans require a permit to purchase handguns and are required to obtain a licensing of owners, and a permit to carry handguns. However, to carry rifles, shotguns, and handguns, individuals must have an ID card.

Various other gun laws in the state are as follows:

  • All those who wish to own, possess, sell, transfer, and otherwise handle guns in New Jersey must first do so after establishing that the person is a licensed dealer under New Jersey law or possesses a valid Firearms Purchasers Identification Card.
  • For every handgun, individuals must obtain a corresponding permit
  • All those under the age of 18 may not purchase or possess firearms except under certain circumstances
  • No person who has been convicted of a crime may possess a firearm
  • Individuals who are drug or alcohol dependent may not possess firearms
  • It is illegal to falsify information on application forms, and you may face penalties for doing so
  • Individuals under the age of 21 may not possess handguns or pistols
  • Individuals with certain disabilities or physical defects that make handling firearms dangerous may not own a firearm
  • Possession, purchase or sale of machine guns without valid gun licenses is illegal
  • It is illegal to deface a firearm or remove its markings; it is also illegal to simply possess a firearm that has already been tampered with

If you have been charged with a gun crime in New Jersey, you must speak with our knowledgeable criminal defense attorney today–we are here to help.

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