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New Jersey Gun Laws: What You Need to Know

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As a responsibly armed American, you already know how challenging it can be to stay up to date on gun laws…

New Jersey gun owners, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered some of the most frequently asked New Jersey firearms questions. Read on for answers to some of the top questions regarding New Jersey gun laws. (Not from New Jersey? Check the Legal & Second Amendment Tab for your state.)

Can I Carry a Gun in My Car in New Jersey?

Only individuals with a New Jersey Permit to Carry a Handgun (PCH) with the appropriate stipulations may carry a handgun in a vehicle. The state of New Jersey doesn’t recognize concealed carry permits from any other states. Without a NJ PCH, all firearms must be transported in a securely fastened case, unloaded, and separate from the ammunition. If transporting a gun in a car, it should not be accessible from the passenger compartment. If the gun must be carried in the passenger compartment, it MUST be in a locked container. It is illegal to carry a pistol or ammunition in the glovebox, even a locked one.

Do I Have to Register My Gun in New Jersey?

No. Firearms registration is voluntary in New Jersey. However, since handgun purchase permit records are maintained by the NJ State Police Firearms Investigation Unit, there is de facto handgun registration for handguns purchased in-state.

Can I Bring a Gun Into New Jersey?

Whether you can bring a handgun into New Jersey depends on the circumstances. A person can transport his or her firearm if traveling through New Jersey or between one residence and another when moving to or within the state and only if in compliance with the following requirements:

  • Firearm must be unloaded; and
  • Firearm must be contained in:
    • A closed and fastened case,
    • A gun box,
    • A securely tied package or
    • Locked in the trunk of the automobile in which it is being transported.

If neither of those situations applies, it would be illegal to have your handgun in New Jersey.

Can You Openly Carry a Gun in New Jersey?

No. You may not open carry in New Jersey, and you must have a PCH to concealed carry.

Is There a ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law in New Jersey? Can You Shoot an Intruder in Your Home in New Jersey?

While New Jersey doesn’t have a “stand your ground” law, it is a Castle Doctrine state. Use of force is justifiable for protection when a person believes that such force is immediately necessary for the purpose of protecting himself or herself against the use of unlawful force by such other person on the present occasion. The use of deadly force is only justifiable when a person reasonably believes that such force is necessary to protect himself or herself against death or serious bodily harm. There is a duty to retreat outside of one’s dwelling.

Can You Have a Loaded Gun in Your House in New Jersey?

Yes. A person can keep and carry any legal firearm in his or her place of business, residence, premises or other land owned or possessed.

Are Hollow-Point Bullets Illegal in New Jersey?

Yes. Hollow-point and armor-piercing ammunition is prohibited in New Jersey. However, since sportsmen may use hollow-point ammunition, there are exceptions for keeping it at a person’s dwelling or land owned or possessed by the person. Exceptions also apply for carrying such ammunition from the place of purchase to said dwelling or land. There are also exemptions for:

  • A member of a rifle or pistol club organized under rules of the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and which filed its charter with the state police;
  • A person engaged in hunting or target practice with a firearm legal for hunting in this state;
  • A person going directly to a target range; and
  • A person going directly to an authorized place for practice, match, target, trap or skeet shooting exhibitions.

Ready to Learn More About New Jersey Gun Laws?

It is your responsibility as a gun owner to know and understand the laws regarding your concealed carry rights. The USCCA’s Concealed Carry Reciprocity & Gun Laws Map has been designed to help inform and educate armed citizens like you. To learn more about New Jersey’s concealed carry permit application process, concealed carry restrictions and training requirements, visit the New Jersey gun laws page now…

 The information contained on this website is provided as a service to USCCA, Inc. members and the concealed carry community and does not constitute legal advice. Although we attempt to address all areas of concealed carry laws in all states, we make no claims, representations, warranties, promises or guarantees as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information disclosed. Legal advice must always be tailored to the individual facts and circumstances of each individual case. Laws are constantly changing, and, as such, nothing contained on this website should be used as a substitute for the advice of a lawyer.

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