New Jersey Concealed Carry Laws
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Are concealed carry permits available in the state of New Jersey?
New Jersey operates as a May Issue state, offering concealed carry permits to both residents and non-residents. New Jersey does not honor any other CCW permits or licenses from other states.
Since New Jersey is a May Issue state, issuing a CCW permit is almost entirely at the discretion of New Jersey courts. New Jersey courts uphold a strict policy limiting concealed carry permits to individuals who are employed in security work or to those who have an urgent need to carry a concealed weapon for self-protection.
New Jersey is one of the five states in the US that does not have a constitutional amendment that protects a resident’s right to bear arms.
In New Jersey, a valid identification card is required to purchase a rifle or shotgun, and a concealed carry permit is necessary to purchase a handgun. This identification card is known as a firearms identification card, or FID. Additionally, rifles, shotguns, and handguns are not registered in the state.
Where can I get a New Jersey Concealed Carry Permit?
A New Jersey concealed carry permit application is submitted to the police chief in the county where you reside, or it can be submitted to the Superintendent of State Police if your community does not have a police chief, or if you are not a resident of the state.
The local licensing authority will recommend to the Superior Court judge whether or not to process the license; the judge will then make the final decision in granting or denying the permit. Since New Jersey operates as a May Issue state, the judge also has the right to place specific restrictions on a permit.
How do I apply for a license?
Three copies of the necessary application must be delivered to the Chief of Police in the county where you reside or to the State Police Superintendent for other circumstances. The nonrefundable application fee of $20 must be paid by money order to the State of New Jersey in order to successfully submit the application.
The New Jersey conceal and carry license application can be printed online and taken in to your local police station. All questions on the application must be answered completely. If more space is necessary to complete the application, bond paper can be attached. Four personal photographs at 1 1/2 inches square must be submitted, taken within the past 30 days.
After the application has been approved, it will be valid for up to two years from the issue date. Please bear in mind that in most cases, it is very difficult to be granted a concealed carry permit in New Jersey.
In New Jersey, it is also difficult to receive a non-resident concealed carry permit. A non-resident must apply directly through the state. CCW application forms for residents and nonresidents are available at the link below:
After a license has been granted, a complete description and serial number of every handgun that an applicant intends to carry must be submitted to the authorities. However, only one valid permit is necessary for multiple handguns.
Note: If an applicant does not receive notice regarding their application within 60 days, it is considered to be an approval of the CCW permit.
How much does the license cost?
A concealed carry permit in New Jersey costs a nonrefundable fee of $20 in order to process the application. The same price applies for a renewal application, which is treated as applying for a new permit.
Am I eligible for a Concealed Carry Permit in the state of New Jersey?
You may be eligible to carry a concealed weapon in New Jersey if:
- You are not a convicted felon.
- You are not a fugitive of the law.
- You are not a user of illegal drugs.
- You are not an illegal alien.
- You have not been committed to a mental institution or declared mentally unsound.
- You have not been dishonorably discharged from the armed forces.
- You have not renounced your US citizenship.
Where can I carry a concealed weapon after receiving a license?
When transporting firearms in the state of New Jersey, they must be unloaded and closed in a secured gun box, case, or tied package or locked in the trunk of a vehicle.
It is important that a firearm is not able to be directly accessed from the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle. If a vehicle doesn’t have a separate area from the passenger compartment, the ammunition and firearm must remain in a locked container, excluding the console or glove compartment.
The state of New Jersey also bans the possession of any assault weapon. In order for an individual to legally own an assault weapon, it must have been registered through the state prior to 1991.
In New Jersey, there is no distinction made between carrying an open or concealed weapon. However, Open Carry is prohibited in all public places.
New Jersey continues to operate as a Castle Doctrine state, allowing for the use of deadly force for the purpose of self-defense within an individual’s home. New Jersey has passed a modified version of the Castle Doctrine with a self-defense law that will protect an individual’s right to use deadly force on their own property, but duty to retreat is necessary outside of the home so that deadly force can be avoided.
To enact the Castle Doctrine on an individual’s property, a person must believe that an intruder intends to cause them serious harm or to commit a felony. The individual must also not have provoked or threatened an intruder and should be protecting themselves or their family on their property.
Based on the court precedent, state legislature in New Jersey will generally preempt the field of firearms law.
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