To help keep deadly weapons out of the wrong hands, New Jersey has enacted some of the strictest firearms laws in the nation. Undoubtedly, these rigid regulations contribute to New Jersey’s lower than average gun deaths and violent crime rates.

However, this tough stance can have devastating consequences for someone who unintentionally violates the law. Both casual sportspersons and firearms enthusiasts can benefit from a basic understanding of the state’s firearms restrictions and permit requirements.

Firearms requirements and limitations

New Jersey requires a background check and a permit to purchase both pistols and long guns and handgun ammunition. A mandatory seven day waiting period precedes the physical transfer of any handgun and buyers cannot purchase more than one pistol per month.

It is illegal to possess a handgun outside of your property or place of business without a permit to carry. Among other requirements, carry permit applicants must have a justifiable need to carry a handgun and undergo an approved firearms training course. Keep in mind, even with a valid carry permit, the state prohibits carrying a firearm in casinos, state parks, schools and any places where carrying of firearms in prohibited by federal law.

Residents are not allowed to possess, sell or transfer firearms classified as assault weapons and magazines capable of holding and continuously feeding more than 10 rounds of ammunition into a firearm. If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or a domestic violence offense, you cannot buy or own a firearm.

Avoid a violation

Neglecting to obtain a proper permit or possessing an improper permit can lead to a weapons offense charge and conviction. If you have a question regarding the state’s gun laws or have been arrested for violating a firearms regulation, our attorneys can help. Contact the firm by calling 908-316-8671 to schedule a free consultation.