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Gun Registration and Licensing – Laws and Forms for registering NJ firearms
All individuals who want to purchase a firearm in New Jersey have to have a state-issued permit. If you want to own a BB gun, Pellet Gun, or paintball gun, you have to have a permit. Many people are surprised by what the state considers to be a “firearm.” If it shoots a projectile, and it can possibly hurt someone, it might be considered a firearm in NJ.
That said, bows and crossbows are not considered firearms… despite the fact that they can kill people. An Airsoft gun, which shoots a tiny plastic pellets, is considered to be a firearm. Being caught with one unregistered will have you facing years in New Jersey state prison.
Sometimes the law simply doesn’t make sense.
A firearm permit in NJ is required for a purchase of any gun in NJ. An additional permit is required for every handgun purchase made, and only one purchase can be made every month.
Theoretically, “registration” of firearms is optional in NJ. You certainly don’t need to register a rifle or shotgun. Since every handgun purchase and transfer of ownership requires a permit, the state already has a perfect record of who owns a handgun… that is the extent of the “registration” process. However, new residents of New Jersey must register their handguns within 60 days of becoming residents of this state.
When it comes to the ability to carry a firearm in New Jersey, this requires a “carry permit.” New Jersey used to be a “may issue” state… which means the state had the ability to approve or deny an individual’s right to carry a firearm based on their showing of a justifiable need to carry it. This was a challenging standard to meet. Before the law was updated, an applicant had to demonstrate a life threatening need for firearms, such as previous attacks on that individuals life, or the presence of imminent danger to the individual. Even in this case, New Jersey would almost never issue a firearm to a civilian. “Carry permits” were almost exclusively issued to active police officers, and sometimes were issued to retired law enforcement. Fortunately, New Jersey eliminated justifiable need as a requirement for a permit to carry a handgun, which makes the availability of carry permits more widespread for residents and non-residents of the state.
When it comes to assault rifles in New Jersey, there is a strict prohibition. Gun magazines aren’t permitted to carry more than 10 rounds. Any firearm purchased before May 1, 1990 is not subject to these rules and is “grandfathered” and exempt from regulations.
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