New Jersey Gun Laws

Learn about gun control laws, gun permit requirements, and penalties in New Jersey.

In New Jersey, adults must obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm unless you are on your own property or at your place of business. New Jersey law does not explicitly prohibit the open carrying of a handgun in public if the possessor otherwise has a valid permit to carry a handgun. (N.J. Stat. Ann.§§ 2C:39-5b, 2C:39-6e.)

For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in New Jersey.

How to Obtain a Handgun Permit in New Jersey

To qualify for a New Jersey firearm permit, you must submit an application (to your municipal police department) that you sign under oath, and that is endorsed by “three reputable persons” who have each known you for at least three years, certifying that you are “of good moral character.”

Additionally, you must have a detailed “justifiable need” to carry a firearm (such as self defense), show that you have completed a firearms safety training course, and not be prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a weapon.

(N.J. Stat. Ann.§ 2C:58-4.)

Does New Jersey Recognize Concealed Handgun Permits From Other States?

No. New Jersey does not recognize concealed handgun permits from other states. However, if you are a non-New Jersey resident, you may apply for a handgun permit in New Jersey through the process discussed above. (N.J. Stat. Ann.§ 2C:58-4.)

Penalties for Failing to Obtain a Handgun Permit

It is illegal to carry a weapon in New Jersey without a permit. Depending on the type of weapon involved, you may receive five or more years in prison for a gun carry violation.

Getting Legal Help

If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in New Jersey, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.


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