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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.
|Open Carry Permitted?||No|
|Carry In Vehicle?||Yes|
|Carry In State Park?||No|
|Carry In Restaurants?||Yes|
|No Weapon Sign Enforced?||Unknown|
|Must Notify Officer?||No|
Unfortunately, New Jersey does not honor any other states CCW.
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.
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.
You are permitted to carry in state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas. You cannot carry in state parks.
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.
We have not been able to locate any information on NO WEAPONS signs.
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.