New Jersey Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in New Jersey

New Jersey is a “May Issue” state and has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. It is very challenging to get a permit to carry and New Jersey actually operates more like a “No Issue” state. When applying, you must show an excellent reason for needing one. The New Jersey gun laws are routinely contested in court because they are so restrictive. New gun owners need to be at least twenty-one years old and take a firearms training course. The municipal police department where you live, grants permit. If the state police govern the town you live in, then you must apply with them instead. Gun permit applications generally take 60 days to approve or refuse. New Jersey does not guarantee its citizens the right to bear arms in their constitution. New Jersey has some very rigid rules regarding hollow-point ammunition as well. Before purchasing a long gun in New Jersey, you need to apply for a Firearm Purchaser Identification card. If you plan on buying a handgun, you need a different permit supplied by local police. Obtaining either is a complicated process, which includes fingerprinting, a lengthy application and full background check.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • No Issue State gun policy
  • No Open Carry Permitted
  • No Constitutional Carry
  • Yes-In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes/No-Without a Permit/License Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents/Non-residents License issued to
  • 24 # of states that honor New Jersey license
  • 0 # of state licenses that New Jersey honors
  • 2 Years license is valid
  • 50 $ cost of the license
  • 21 Minimum age for license permit

New Jersey’s policy is No Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: state and national forests, road side rest areas, vehicle, all areas of the state not listed as forbidden.

New Jersey CCW Reciprocity Map

Only twenty-four state honor a New Jersey concealed carry permit for residents, and they are 

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.

These states honor a New Jersey gun permit for non-residents:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.

New Jersey does not honor gun permits from any other states.

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

New Jersey Concealed Carry Permit and Laws

If you obtain a concealed carry permit, you can carry legally in state and national and state forests, your vehicle, rest areas and most other areas except a casino, state parks, schools and universities, and federal “off limits” areas. Your town police department supplies permits to residents and the state police supply them for non-residents. You do not need to inform officers if you are carrying. You can carry within your vehicle, and you don’t have to observe “no weapons” signs. Open carry is illegal with or without a permit. You may carry in restaurants that serve alcohol, but you cannot carry in state parks.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

New Jersey is a “May Issue” state and to apply for a concealed carry permit; you must be twenty-one years old and be of “good character.” You must prove you can safely handle a firearm. You need to prove an excellent reason for needing to carry one. You also need to supply references from three people that you have known at least three years or more. Both permits and renewals cost $50 each. You must take an approved firearms training course before applying. You need to pass a mental health screening and bring four passport photos with you. Even with all these items, permits are very hard to obtain. Your license is only good for two years.

New Jersey Gun Background Check

Per their restrictive pattern, New Jersey is a full “point of contact” state, and the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) handles all background check per the Brady Act. Along with a background check, buyers must also have a permit, or a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card (FPIC). Both of these are supplied through the state police system, after a long, detailed application process and full background check with fingerprinting. The law states that your approval or denial must be decided within 30 days. You also need an FPIC to buy ammunition. Along with the application part of the background check includes a mental health consent form to make sure you do not have any mental illness.

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  • Handguns
  • Long Guns
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NJ CCW and Pistol Permit Information

State Concealed Carry Requirements

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Is a person of good character.
  • Has demonstrated he or she is familiar with the safe handling and use of handguns.
  • Has demonstrated a justifiable need to carry a handgun.
  • Have references from three persons who have known applicant for a minimum of three years.
  • Federal law requirements

Gun CCW Permit Application

  1. Complete your firearm training course.
  2. Download the application from under the FORMS tab.
  3. Obtain three references, must have known the applicant for a minimum of three years
  4. Complete the application form in triplicate.
  5. All original copies must be notarized.
  6. You will need the following documents; Completed application form Four color passport size photographs Completed Consent For Mental Health Search, form Submit in writing a justifiable reason for the issuance of a permit to carry a handgun Firearms training certificate A money order for $50.00 payable to, “Treasurer – State of New Jersey
  7. Present these to your local state police station.
  8. Your fingerprints will be taken.
  9. You will be notified within 60 days by mail if your application has been approved or denied.

CCW Renewal

  • No different information regarding renewals so treat it as obtaining a new permit.

NJ Concealed Carry License Fee information

Permit typeFees when getting a new permitRenewalCurrent license amendmentFingerprint scan feeFee for firearm classesAdditional state fees
Permit to purchase a handgun$2.00$2.00 (renewable for an additional 90 days for good cause)Up to $400
Firearms purchaser identification card (required to purchase, possess, and carry long guns)$5.00IndefiniteUp to $400
Permit to possess and carry handguns
$20.00$20.00Up to $400
Permit to possess and carry a handgun$75.00$75.00Up to $400

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in New Jersey

State and national forestsCasino
Road side rest areasState Parks
VehicleSchool, college, university or other educational institution
All areas of the state not listed as ForbiddenAny place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law

New Jersey CCW Contact

New Jersey Bureau of Firearms


Monday – Friday:8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Address:NJSP Firearms Investigation Unit
P.O. Box 7068
City:West Trenton, New Jersey 08628
Phone:(609) 882-2000 Extension 2290

CCW Licensing Offices in New Jersey

Atlantic County - Egg Harbor Police Department

Office Address
3515 Bargaintown Rd, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

(609) 927-5200

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Atlantic County - Galloway Township Police Department

Office Address
300 E Jimmie Leeds Rd, Galloway, NJ 08205

(609) 652-3705

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Atlantic County - Hamilton Township Police Department

Office Address
6101 13th St, Mays Landing, NJ 08330

(609) 625-2700

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Bergen County - Hackensack Police Department

Office Address
225 State St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

(201) 646-7777

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Bergen County - Mahwah Police Department

Office Address
221 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430

(201) 529-1000

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Burlington County - Mount Holly Township Police Department

Office Address
23 Washington St, Mt Holly, NJ 08060

(609) 267-0170

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Burlington County - Evesham Township Police Department

Office Address
984 Tuckerton Road Marlton, NJ 08053

(856) 985-6017

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Camden County - Camden Police Department

Office Address
800 Federal St, Camden, NJ 08103

(856) 757-7440

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Counties in New Jersey