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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.
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/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.
YES/NO You are permitted to carry in state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas. You cannot carry in state parks.
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.
Unknown – We have not been able to locate any information on NO WEAPONS signs.
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.