Many citizens of New Jersey want to protect themselves, their businesses, and their families with a firearm. Though the Second Amendment grants citizens the right to bear arms, many states, including New Jersey, have strict gun laws. It is important to have an understanding of what your rights and how you can legally own a gun in the state of New Jersey.
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.
Individuals may have questions about how to answer questions posed in the application. It is best to seek the advice of an attorney familiar with New Jersey’s gun laws before submitting the form.
Once an individual obtains a purchasing permit and purchases a handgun, he may desire to apply for a permit to carry a handgun. In order to do so, the individual must complete an Application for Permit to Carry a Handgun. This is very difficult to obtain in New Jersey unless the applicant can show that a “justifiable need” to carry.
If you want to apply for a permit to purchase a handgun, Firearms Purchaser Identification Card (FPIC) or a permit to carry a handgun, it is important to understand all laws related to firearms. If you have questions about New Jersey’s gun laws, contact the Rem Katcher Law Group today.