The Gun Permit Process in New Jersey

The Gun Permit Process in New Jersey

New Jersey Gun Lawyers Assisting Clients in Bergen County and throughout NJ

If you are seeking to purchase or carry a firearm in New Jersey, there are specific procedures that you must follow to acquire the appropriate permits. These processes are extensive and failure to comply can result in criminal weapons charges. As a result, enlisting a knowledgeable New Jersey gun attorney to help you successfully navigate the process can be extremely beneficial, reducing the stress and intimidation that often prevents individuals from even beginning their journey toward gun ownership.

The highly knowledgeable gun lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm regularly assist clients with the firearms permit application process. Whether you are seeking to purchase a handgun or other firearm, or seeking a permit to carry a handgun, we can assist you with every facet of the permit application process and ensure that you are in the best position to achieve your desired outcome. Our attorneys have earned recognition for excellence in their field; for instance, our firm’s founder, Travis J. Tormey, was recently named among the Top 10 Criminal Attorneys in New Jersey by the American Jurist Institute. We employ extensive knowledge and experience to effectively advocate on behalf of clients across New Jersey, including in Bergen, Middlesex, Essex, Hudson, and Monmouth Counties. Contact us today at (201)-556-1570 for a cost-free consultation and learn how we can help you exercise your rights.

New Jersey Application Process for Permits to Purchase Firearms

First and foremost, there are two distinct types of firearms purchasing permits in New Jersey: the New Jersey Permit to Purchase a Handgun,  which applies solely to purchases of handguns, and the New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card, which is necessary to purchase shotguns and/or rifles. The Application for Firearms Purchaser Application Card or Permit to Purchase a Handgun is the same for both types of purchase permits and must be submitted to the Chief of Police at your local police department or to the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.

In addition to your application, you will need to provide a government issued ID, such as a passport or driver’s license, and a list of 2 references (reputable citizens who can attest to your mental health and good standing). The permit application process will also involve a complete background check with the New Jersey State Police and FBI, mental health records search, investigation by the local police, and fingerprinting. In order for the police to complete a mental health records search, you will need to complete the Consent for Mental Health Records Search and provide it to the police department with your application form. You must also provide two sets of fingerprints and the associated fees.

After your completed application is submitted, the local or state police will have 30 days to issue a response in the form of an approval or denial.

New Jersey Application Process for Permit to Carry a Handgun

Similar to firearms purchasing permits, those seeking carry permits must submit an Application for Permit to Carry a Handgun to the Chief of Police at their local police department or to the Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. You must also provide three endorsements from reputable citizens, whom you have known for at least three years, and can attest to your good character.

In order to obtain a permit to carry a handgun, you must provide documentation that validates your familiarity with safe handling and use of firearms. You must also submit a formal letter explaining your “justifiable need” for a handgun. (For additional information about Carry Permit requirements, see our Gun Carry Permit Page). The carry permit application process also requires fingerprinting with the initial application and upon renewal, which is required every 2 years.

After your completed application is submitted, the local or state police will have 60 days to issue a response in the form of an approval or denial. If your application is not approved or denied within the 60-day window, it is assumed to be approved, unless you agree to an extension in writing. If your application is approved in the police review phase, you must then present your application to a judge in the Superior Court in the county in which you reside for final approval. Since New Jersey is a “may issue” state, authorities in both law enforcement and the judicial branch have significant discretion to determine whether or not you are eligible for a permit to carry a handgun.

Contact our Middlesex County NJ Gun Permit Lawyers for a Free Consultation

In order to exercise your gun rights, it is essential to have a thorough understanding of the law and the responsibilities of both you and the State as far as the application process is concerned. Our New Jersey gun lawyers are here to ensure that you have the information, resources, and tools to obtain your New Jersey gun permits. Contact us today at (201)-556-1570 for a free consultation.

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The firearms lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm represent clients charged with weapons offenses in Bergen County (Hackensack), Essex County (Newark), Morris County (Morristown), Passaic County (Paterson), Hudson County (Jersey City), Middlesex County (New Brunswick), Somerset County (Somerville), Camden County (Camden), Warren County (Belvidere), Hunterdon County (Flemington), Monmouth County (Freehold), Ocean County (Toms River), Burlington County (Mount Holly), Sussex County (Newton), Mercer County (Trenton) and throughout New Jersey.

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