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New Jersey Gun Laws-What are the gun laws in New Jersey

The gun laws in New Jersey are considered to be some of the most restrictive in the United States. It operates on a “May Issue” policy, so a resident looking to obtain a permit must demonstrate a justifiable need to carry a firearm. In reality, it acts as more of a “No Issue” state for regular citizens as its permits are very difficult to acquire. Some of the laws that are too restrictive are being tested in the courts. However, permits are issued to residents as well as non-residents. An applicant for a concealed license needs to complete a firearms training course, and they must be at least 21 years or older. The state of New Jersey does not permit individuals with a valid license from other states to carry handguns to New Jersey.

Open carry in New Jersey
Residents are not legally entitled to open carry in the state of New Jersey, with or without a license. Your permit allows you to carry a concealed firearm, but you have to carry it concealed. And out of sight.

Carrying in vehicles
New Jersey has gun laws that restrict carrying weapons in a car. Nobody is allowed to carry a loaded handgun in their cars without a permit in the state of New Jersey. A concealed handgun needs to be hidden and not displayed in an unlocked glovebox or console.

New Jersey Gun Law
 
Notifying a police officer
The gun laws in New Jersey state that you are not required to inform a law enforcement officer of the firearm you are carrying when you are approached while on official business. The law is silent about the need to carry your permit in case you have a concealed handgun in your possession when an officer requests you to produce it.

Constitutional carry New Jersey
The New Jersey gun laws don’t permit constitutional carry.
 
Carry in restaurants
In New Jersey, residents are allowed to carry firearms into a restaurant whose primary business is to serve alcohol. Restaurants, in general, will enable you to bring firearms into restaurants as long as it's not at the bar area and also if the restaurant does not have a “no weapons” sign.
 
Enforcing the “no guns” sign in New Jersey
These signs are not legally imposed under the gun laws in New Jersey, and if anyone disregards this sign when they enter private property or business, they are not subjected to legal penalties. It is advisable to avoid entering properties or establishments that display this sign and are considered off limit by the law. If a person refuses to leave the premises while carrying in such venues, that person is breaking the law and is at risk of being charged.

New Jersey Gun Laws

Possessing Machine Guns in New Jersey
In New Jersey, the possession, purchase, or sale of a machine gun without a license is prohibited. A permit can be obtained by applying to a judge of the Superior Court where the applicant resides or, if a nonresident, where business is conducted.  Manufacture, shipping and transport of a machine gun without a license is also prohibited
 
Unlawful removal of the serial number on the weapon
It is against the law to intentionally change, alter, remove or obliterate the serial number or identification number on any handgun. The possession of a gun with its marks altered, removed or destroyed creates a legal presumption that the possessor committed the offense.

Possession of a firearm in New Jersey
In New Jersey, it is considered illegal to knowingly possess any handgun, including any antique handgun, without first having obtained a Permit to Carry, and it is unlawful to intentionally maintain any rifle or shotgun without having first received a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card (FID)
 
A firearm cannot be used as an asset for a loan
It is against the law to loan money where the security for the loan is a firearm.

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