What is the Process of Obtaining a Firearm in New Jersey?

New Jersey has very strict gun laws. In order to legally obtain a firearm, there is a process you must follow. If you have questions about this lengthy process or how to be a responsible gun owner, contact our skilled New Jersey criminal defense attorneys at Thomas DeMarco & Associates, LLC to learn more.

Am I eligible to get a firearm permit in New Jersey?

Before starting the process of obtaining a gun permit, it is important to learn first whether or not you are qualified to own a gun in New Jersey. The following individuals are not allowed to own a gun in New Jersey:

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

What documents do I need to provide when applying for a firearm permit?

In order to apply for a firearm permit, you must provide the following documents:

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

Additionally, you will need further background checks which include mental health screening, fingerprinting, and an investigation by the local police.

How do I obtain a license to carry?

It is important to note that New Jersey has strict gun laws and even if you obtain a firearms permit and you purchase a gun, you cannot legally carry this gun. In order to be able to legally carry a gun, you must get a license to carry. This is a difficult license to obtain in the state of New Jersey. However, if you have questions about this process, you can reach out to one of our skilled New Jersey criminal defense attorneys to learn more.

What happens if my permit is denied?

If you were denied a gun permit, it may be a result of a criminal record. However, you may be able to appeal this decision within 30 days of the rejection. It is important to act fast in this situation. Do not hesitate to reach out to our firm as soon as possible.

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 on 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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