Do I Need an Attorney to Get a Gun Permit in New Jersey?

When people wish to own a firearm, they are required to get a Firearms Purchasers Identification Card first. There are many clear steps and legal channels that people are required to go through in order to accomplish this. One part that may not be clear is whether or not a gun permit applicant needs the assistance of an attorney in order to file. Continue reading below to learn about whether or not you need an attorney’s help when looking to purchase a gun.

Do I Need an Attorney?

It is important to understand that the majority of people do not need the help of an attorney in order to apply for a Firearms Purchasers Identification Card (FPIC) or permit to purchase a handgun. They can simply apply on their own. However, certain qualifications must be met. Individuals who fall under one of the following categories may need the assistance of an attorney:

  • Any person who has been convicted of a crime or a disorderly persons offense involving an act of domestic violence whether or not they were armed or possessing a weapon at the time of the offense
  • Any drug dependent person, any person who is confined for a mental disorder at a hospital, mental institution, or sanitarium, or any person who is a habitual drunkard
  • Any person who suffers from a physical defect or disease which would make it unsafe for them to handle a firearm, any person who has ever been confined for a mental disorder, an alcoholic, or a person who knowingly falsifies information on their application or firearms purchaser identification card
  • Any person under the age of 18 years for a firearms purchaser identification card and any person under the age of 21 years for a permit to purchase a handgun
  • Any person who is subject to a restraining order issued pursuant to the “Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991,” prohibiting them from possessing a firearm 
  • Any person who, as a juvenile, was adjudicated for an offense which, if committed by an adult, would constitute a crime and the offense involved the unlawful use of 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 FBI
  • 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”

Those who fall into any of these categories should not submit an application for a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card or permit to purchase a handgun before discussing their situation with an attorney to clear these prohibitions before applying. Otherwise, their applications will be denied.

How Do I Apply for a Handgun Permit?

Individuals wishing to purchase a handgun must obtain a Firearm Purchaser Identification Card and simultaneously apply for a permit to purchase a handgun. If an individual already has a Firearm Purchaser Identification Card, then an application for a permit to purchase a handgun is all that is required. Those who wish to purchase a rifle, long gun, or shotgun need only apply for an obtain a Firearm Purchaser Identification Card. The application for the FPIC and the gun permit are the same.

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