New Jersey

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New Jersey has some of the most restrictive gun laws, comparable to California and New York. New Jersey rates itself as a “May Issue” state and a person must demonstrate a justifiable need to carry a firearm.

It should be known that it’s incredibly difficult to obtain a conceal carry permit in New Jersey, and there are court cases being pushed through because of these restrictions.

Permits are issued to both residents and non-residents. You must be 21 and pass a training course to obtain a firearm.

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  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Is a person of good character.
  • Has demonstrated he or she is familiar with the safe handling and use of handguns.
  • Has demonstrated a justifiable need to carry a handgun.
  • Have references from three persons who have known applicant for a minimum of three years.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons 

Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Complete your firearm training course.
  2. Download the application from under the FORMS tab.
  3. Obtain three references, must have known the applicant for a minimum of three years
  4. Complete the application form in triplicate.
  5. All original copies must be notarized.
  6. You will need the following documents;
    • Completed application form
    • Four color passport size photographs
    • Completed Consent For Mental Health Search, form
    • Submit in writing a justifiable reason for the issuance of a permit to carry a handgun
    • Firearms training certificate
    • A money order for $50.00 payable to, “Treasurer – State of New Jersey
  7. Present these to your local state police station.
  8. Your fingerprints will be taken.
  9. You will be notified within 60 days by mail if your application has been approved or denied.

New Permits: $50
Renewal: $50

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      Places Allowed

      • State and national forests
      • Road side rest areas
      • Vehicle
      • All areas of the state – except those listed below 

      Places Not Allowed

      • Casino
      • State Parks
      • School, college, university or other educational institution
      • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law. 

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      No
      NO – Without a Permit/License Open carrying a handgun without or with a permit/license in New Jersey is illegal. Your permit/license gives you the right to carry a concealed firearm, and you must carry it concealed. But note there is actually no law that bans open carry in New Jersey.
      Yes
      YES/NO – Without a Permit/License Carrying a loaded handgun inside any vehicle without a permit/license in New Jersey is illegal. Unless the handgun is unloaded and contained in a closed and securely fastened case, or locked in the trunk.
      No
      YES/NO You are permitted to carry in state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas. You cannot carry in state parks.
      Yes
      YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol “Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
      No
      Unknown – We have not been able to locate any information on NO WEAPONS signs.
      No
      NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law There is nothing in New Jersey gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. The law is also silent about carrying a permit.

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      Quick Facts

      Open Carry

      No

      Carry In Vehicle

      Yes

      Carry In State Parks

      No

      Carry In Restaurants

      Yes

      Constitutional Carry

      No

      No Weapons Signs Enforced

      Must Notify Officer

      No
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