Unlike most states, New Jersey does not protect the right to bear arms under the state constitution. And, even with a permit, you may not carry a loaded weapon unless you are on your own property or place of business. (N.J. Stat. Ann.§ 2C:39-5b.)
For more information on permitting laws, see Gun Permit Laws in New Jersey.
The following sections explain who may not have a gun, and the circumstances or situations when carrying a gun is illegal.
People Who May Not Carry a Gun in New Jersey
The following individuals are prohibited from carrying a weapon in New Jersey:
- people convicted of certain violent crimes (including domestic violence), and certain juvenile offenses
- those who have ever been committed to a mental institution (unless a doctor certifies that the condition that led to commitment is cured)
- alcoholics or drug addicts, and
- people prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.
(N.J. Stat. Ann.§ 2C:39-7.)
Situations or Circumstances Where Carrying a Gun is Illegal
It is illegal to carry a firearm without a permit. But even with a permit, it is illegal to carry weapons when they are loaded (unless you are on your own property or place of business), and on school grounds.
Penalties for Gun Carry Violations
Depending on the type of weapon involved, you may receive five or more years in prison for a gun carry violation in New Jersey.
Getting Legal Help
The penalties for violating gun carry laws are serious, and often include harsh fines and long jail sentences. 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 violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.