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New Jersey Gun Laws

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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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New Jersey Gun Laws Quick Facts

Open Carry Permitted? No
Carry In Vehicle? Yes
Carry In State Park? No
Carry In Restaurants? Yes
Constitutional Carry? No
No Weapon Sign Enforced? Unknown
Must Notify Officer? No

New Jersey CCW Reciprocity List

States Honoring CCW

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia

States NOT Honoring CCW

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington

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How Reciprocity Works In New Jersey

Unfortunately, New Jersey does not honor any other states CCW.

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Reciprocity Agreements In New Jersey

New Jersey: Where Is CCW Allowed?

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.

New Jersey: Conceal Carry Laws

Open Carry

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.

Carry In Vehicle

Yes

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.

Carry In State Parks

No

You are permitted to carry in state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas. You cannot carry in state parks.

Carry In Restaurants

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.

Constitutional Carry

No

No Weapon Signs Enforced

Unknown

We have not been able to locate any information on NO WEAPONS signs.

Must Notify Officer

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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