In the United States, the second amendment of the Constitution gives Americans the right to bear arms. This allows them to legally own a firearm as long as they go through the lawful channels to do so. This requires residents to have a permit to purchase a gun. The state of New Jersey has some of the strictest laws in the country in regards to obtaining a gun permit. There is a very specific process in place to obtain a gun permit in New Jersey.
Applying for a Permit
In the state of New Jersey, there are two types of permits to purchase a gun:
- Handgun Purchase Permit: Commonly known as HPP, this applies to the purchase of handguns.
- Firearm Purchaser Identification Card: Known as FPID, this permit is needed to purchase a rifle, long gun, or shotgun.
It is important to know that while these two permits are different, there is only one application for them.
What Do I Need for My Application?
When completing an application, a resident is required to submit certain documentation. This includes:
- A passport
- A driver’s license
- 2 references
- An executed Consent for Mental Health Records Search
In addition to these documents, a full background check will be conducted during the application process. This is done with the state police and the FBI. The process will also include a search of all mental health records, an investigation by the local police, and fingerprinting.
License to Carry
In order to carry a firearm, an individual must obtain a separate license. This matter is typically discretionary. New Jersey requires all applicants to provide a justifiable need to carry a firearm. This can be difficult to establish unless the individual has a job that requires them to carry a gun or if there are any physical threats made against them.
The approval process to receive a gun permit is very strict. This can often lead to individuals being denied a permit in the event that they have committed even a small mistake in their life. Those who are denied gun permits have the right to appeal this decision within 30 days. However, the process of appealing a permit decision is often difficult. It is because of this that it can be beneficial to have experienced legal support for assistance during this time.
Contact our Firm
If you or someone you know needs legal assistance in obtaining a gun permit, contact REM Katcher Law Group P.C. today.