Citizens across the United States appreciate their Second Amendment rights. Over the last several years, as gun violence has increased, this topic has been hotly contested. In fact, after the tragic Parkland shooting earlier this year, New Jersey joined a coalition with several other states to combat gun violence. In 2018, the New Jersey Legislature made several changes to the laws that affect gun owners. Some laws are already in effect while others become effective in 2019. No matter your reason for wanting to own a firearm, it is important that you understand New Jersey’s laws.
New Jersey requires individuals who wish to purchase a handgun to obtain a Permit to purchase a handgun. Anyone who wishes to buy a rifle or shotgun must apply for a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card, otherwise known as an FPIC. To apply for a permit to purchase or an FPIC, the individual must complete the New Jersey State Police application which is available from your local police department, the New Jersey State Police, or from a licensed retail dealer. The same application is used both for permits to purchase and for FPICs. Along with the application, the individual must provide the police department with their driver’s license, 2 references who are not relatives, and a Consent for Mental Health Records Search. All first-time applicants must be fingerprinted so that a background check can be completed.
If your application for a Firearms ID card or your application for a Permit to purchase was denied, you may be able to work with an attorney to appeal your case. Please note that this must be done within 30 days of the denial.
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