Bergen County Gun Permit Attorney
Gun Permit Acquisition Attorney in Hackensack, NJ
Many New Jersey citizens enjoy their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. While most do not need help applying for a gun permit, some circumstances need the attention of a lawyer. If you believe that you are going to be denied or have been denied already, the attorneys at Rem Katcher Law Group can help navigate you through the process and help you become a gun owner. Contact Rem Katcher Law Group to schedule a consultation and talk about your legal matter.
Do I need an attorney?
Most people do not need the help of an attorney to apply for a gun permit. Unless you fall under one of the categories below, visit New Jersey’s website to get started with the filing process by clicking here.
If you fall under the following categories, you may need an attorney’s help in your pursuit of a gun permit.
- To any person who has been convicted of any crime, or a disorderly persons offense involving an act of domestic violence whether or not armed with or possessing a weapon at the time of the offense;
- To any drug-dependent person, to any person who is confined for a mental disorder to a hospital, mental institution or sanitarium, or to any person who is presently a habitual drunkard;
- To any person who suffers from a physical defect or disease which would make it unsafe for him to handle firearms, to any person who has ever been confined for a mental disorder, to any alcoholic, or to any person who knowingly falsifies any information on the application form for a handgun purchase permit or firearms purchaser identification card;
- To any person under the age of 18 years for a firearms purchaser identification card and to any person under the age of 21 years for a permit to purchase a handgun;
- To any person where the issuance would not be in the interest of the public health, safety or welfare;
- To any person who is subject to a restraining order issued pursuant to the “Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991,” prohibiting the person from possessing any firearm;
- To any person who as a juvenile was adjudicated delinquent for an offense which, if committed by an adult, would constitute a crime and the offense involved the unlawful use or possession of a weapon, explosive or destructive device;
- To any person whose firearm is seized pursuant to the “Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991,” and whose firearm has not been returned;
- To any person named on the consolidated Terrorist Watchlist maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; or
- To any person who is subject to a court order prohibiting the custody, control, ownership, purchase, possession, or receipt of a firearm or ammunition issued pursuant to the “Extreme Risk Protective Order Act of 2018″.
This is the statutory list of prohibited people for an FPID or permit. Anyone who falls into these categories should not submit a form until discussing with an attorney to clear any prohibitions before applying. If the person submits an application and falls within these categories, the application will be denied.
Applying for a Gun Purchase Permit
In New Jersey, there are two specific types of firearm purchasing permits. First, there is the Handgun Purchase Permit, commonly referred to as an HPP, applying solely to the purchase of handguns. Secondly, if you’d like to purchase a rifle, long gun, or shotgun, you must apply for a Firearm Purchaser Identification card or an FPID. Although there are two types of firearm purchasing permits, there is only one application for an HPP or an FPID.
What Is Required for my Application?
In addition to a fully completed application, New Jersey requires that you submit additional documentation. Some items you may be required to provide include:
- A passport
- A driver’s license
- A list of 2 references
- An executed Consent for Mental Health Records Search
The application process will also include a complete background check with the New Jersey state police and the FBI. There will also be a search for mental health records, an investigation by local police, and fingerprinting.
License to Carry
Obtaining a license to carry a firearm can be difficult. Generally, the issuance of such a permit is almost entirely discretionary. New Jersey requires that an applicant for a gun license establish that he or she has a justifiable need to carry a firearm. A “justifiable need” may be difficult to establish unless your job requires that you carry a firearm, or if there have been specific physical threats made against you.
Gun Permit Appeals
New Jersey does not make the permit process easy. For some, a small mistake can lead to being denied a gun permit. Our firm provides effective legal services for clients who are denied HPPs, FPIDs, and a license to carry. If you are denied a gun permit, you have the right to appeal. The appeals process is complex and having effective and experienced legal support is best. You have 30 days to take this legal step, so contact our firm immediately if you are interested in pursuing this path. We are ready to serve.
Contact a firm to represent you in your pursuit of a gun permit
For those who have been denied or face the possibility of denial, the attorneys at Rem Katcher Law Group can defend your rights and help you pursue a gun permit. Contact our firm for a consultation.