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New Jersey has a May-issue policy for concealed carry permits. The law enforcement agency at the municipality level is in charge of the application.
Since the state issue non-resident permits too, the application will be made at the state police department.
After you have met all requirements, the law enforcement still reviews your application, and they have the right to accept or reject based on discretion.
Upon accepting the application, the final stage is presenting it at your county court for rejection or approval.
You need a Permit to Carry Handgun (PCH) before you are allowed to conceal carry in New Jersey. PCH serves as the state CCW permit.
However, you must prove that you are in dire need of a CCW, or your life is in danger before your New Jersey concealed carry permit application is accepted.
Both residents and non-residents of the state can apply for a permit, but you must be more than twenty-one years old to do so.
New Jersey does not honor CCW permits from any other state in the country. So if you intend to conceal carry in the state, you must get either a resident or non-resident license.
Other aspects of New Jersey reciprocity include the following:
Also, you must research concealed carry laws for the states you want to visit, and do not assume that such states will have similar gun laws to New Jersey.
States laws that you should be familiar with include location restrictions, age requirements, and dealing with firearms.
Except you are a peace officer, or a law enforcement officer, some places under restrictions by the gun laws in New Jersey. This means that you cannot conceal carry in these places.
If found guilty, you will get a misdemeanor charge.
New Jersey gun laws do not restrict you from the possession of firearms in these places.
The United States Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act permits officers of the law to conceal carry within jurisdictions of the country, without location restrictions or limitations by states or local laws.
This law covers active, out of service and retired officers.
New Jersey has its adoption of this LEOSA law, and it comprises of the following:
Before you can deal with firearms in New Jersey, you must meet all the requirements to do so.
You need to be familiar with gun laws in the state that has to with buying, selling, transporting, and transferring firearms in New Jersey.
To buy a firearm in New Jersey, you must obtain a purchasing permit. This permit is valid for ninety days, and you can use it to complete the purchase of firearms within that period.
However, you cannot buy more than one firearm after thirty days.
You can also apply for a lifetime purchasing permit identification card, which you can use for buying rifles, shotguns, and various ammunitions.
New Jersey issues purchase permits to both residents and non-residents.
Together with the permit to purchase, you must also have your criminal record background checked when buying from a state or federally licensed seller.
An exception is the transfer of a firearm to an heir, after the death of a legitimate owner.
In a situation where the heir does not meet the age requirement to possess a firearm, he or she can keep possession of the gun for six months before selling it.
This period may vary due to local and municipality laws, based on the approval of the officer in charge of the county law enforcement agency.
Note that a New Jersey CCW permit does not exempt you from both the purchase permits and the background checks.
After applying for your purchase permit, you must wait for one week before using it for your initial gun purchase.
The processing period for the purchase permit is thirty days for residents and forty-five days for non-residents.
You are mandated to register your firearm upon completing the purchase.
The State police firearm unit keeps records. However, registration is only compulsory for firearms purchased in New Jersey.
For firearms that are purchased legally in other states, and the owner wants to use it in New Jersey, there is no obligation whatsoever to register them.
However, if you choose to register the firearms voluntarily, complete the form for voluntary gun registration in New Jersey.
Before you can buy, transport, or transfer a firearm in New Jersey, you must meet the minimum age requirement of twenty-one.
The firearm purchaser identification card serves as the purchase permit in New Jersey, and you must have this before you can buy a firearm within the state.
The application for the purchase permit is at the New Jersey State Police.
You can complete and submit the form at the police office closest to your home of residence, or at a State department level that oversees all New Jersey jurisdiction.
There is also an online application via the firearms registration system. To do this, first, contact your local police officer and get an Originating Agency Identifier number.
Other documents you will need to complete this application are:
Also, you have to give your consent for the criminal record background check, your mental health check, and the collection of your fingerprints.
After thirty days (forty-five for non-residents), the state will notify you of approval.
The permit expires ninety days after approval.
New Jersey takes the castle doctrine law very seriously. The statue envisages on the amount of force to use for self-defense or self-protection.
Castle doctrine in New jersey encourages the use of a justified force for self-protection when you believe that such force is needed to keep yourself safe from an attack or unlawful act.
With this law, you have no duty to retreat from your home of residence or dwelling place if you are not the instigator of an attack.
However, note that the use of an excessive or lethal force can never be justified by the law, except it can be proven that such force was necessary to protect yourself from death or severe bodily harm.
Finally, if you are not in your home or dwelling place, you have to retreat in the face of an attack.
You must meet New Jersey concealed carry permit requirements before applying for a CCW permit.
Here are the requirements:
Having met all stated requirements, you can now apply for a New Jersey CCW permit. The process involves the following:
Make sure that you complete a New Jersey concealed carry permit course. You can also enroll for New Jersey concealed carry online class.
Download your CCW permit application form from the online portal.
Provide three references that have known you for at least three years.
Complete three copies of your application forms and have all of them notarized.
You need to provide Four copies of your recently taken passport photograph.
Take the three copies of your application to a police station closest to your residential address.
After this, have your fingerprints taken and pay the required fee.
After the approval of your application, you must present it to your county’s superior court.
For non-residents, you can show it to the court of any county where you want to conceal carry.
The court will now issue you a permit after it has reviewed the application and certify that you qualify to conceal carry
All applicants for New Jersey CCW permits must be able to demonstrate firearm familiarity and safe handling in the following ways:
Here are some of the frequently asked questions about CCW in New Jersey.
The permit is valid for two years, after which you can apply for a renewal.
Initial application and renewal application cost fifty dollars each
The processing time for the CCW application is sixty days.