Legal Summary

New Jersey Gun Laws

  Open Carry: Prohibited
  Duty to Notify Law Enforcement: If stopped or detained by law enforcement you must immediately disclose that you are carrying a handgun or that a handgun is stored in the vehicle and display the permit
  State Parks: Prohibited
  Restaurants Serving Alcohol: No carry in any bar or restaurant where alcohol is served or any other site or facility where alcohol is sold for consumption on the premises
  Firearms at Colleges: Concealed guns on campus prohibited by law.
  Firearms at K-12 Schools: Prohibited
  Church Carry: Churches act like any other private property and may restrict
on a church by church basis
  Hotels: No legal restriction - Reference article on page 67
  Secure Storage Requirements: There are legal consequences if one fails to secure their firearm and that leads to a minor gaining unauthorized access.
  Magazine Capacity Limitations: Magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds are illegal
  Suppressor Ownership: Prohibited
  Vehicle Possession Without Recognized Permit: No firearms in vehicles in NJ without a valid NJ permit / license
  Firearm Law Uniformity: None
  Permit Training Requirements: Applicant must prove competence. Documentation of training will be required but specifics aren't clear.
  Non-Resident Permits: Non-residents must apply to the NJ State Police station nearest their geographic location.
  Constitutional Carry: No
  Duty to Retreat: Duty to Retreat before using Deadly Force except when in your dwelling (2c:3-4)
  Places Off Limits: NJ local municipalities are declaring various locations as "sensitive places" and thus prohibiting carry in those places. State law allows them to do this. Here are state-wide prohibited places:
(1) a place owned, leased, or under the control of State, county or municipal government used for the
purpose of government administration, including but not limited to police stations;

(2) a courthouse, courtroom, or any other premises used to conduct judicial or court administrative
proceedings or functions;

(3) a State, county, or municipal correctional or juvenile justice facility, jail and any other place
maintained by or for a governmental entity for the detention of criminal suspects or offenders;

(4) a State-contracted half-way house;

(5) a location being used as a polling place during the conduct of an election and places used for the
storage or tabulation of ballots;

(6) within 100 feet of a place where a public gathering, demonstration or event is held for which a
government permit is required, during the conduct of such gathering, demonstration or event;

(7) a school, college, university or other educational institution, and on any school bus;

(8) a child care facility, including a day care center;
(9) a nursery school, pre-school, zoo, or summer camp;
(10) a park, beach, recreation facility or area or playground owned or controlled by a State, county or
local government unit, or any part of such a place, which is designated as a gun free zone by the
governing authority based on considerations of public safety;
(11) youth sports events, as defined in N.J.S.5:17-1, during and immediately preceding and following the
conduct of the event, except that this provision shall not apply to participants of a youth sports event
which is a firearm shooting competition to which paragraph (3) of subsection b. of section 14 of
P.L.1979, c.179 (C.2C:58-6.1) applies;
(12) a publicly owned or leased library or museum;
(13) a shelter for the homeless, emergency shelter for the homeless, basic center shelter program, shelter
for homeless or runaway youth, children’s shelter, child care shelter, shelter for victims of domestic
violence, or any shelter licensed by or under the control of the Juvenile Justice Commission or the
Department of Children and Families; 5
(14) a community residence for persons with developmental disabilities, head injuries, or terminal
illnesses, or any other residential setting licensed by the Department of Human Services or
Department of Health;
(15) a bar or restaurant where alcohol is served, and any other site or facility where alcohol is sold for
consumption on the premises;
(16) a Class 5 Cannabis retailer or medical cannabis dispensary, including any consumption areas
licensed or permitted by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission established pursuant to section 31 of
P.L.2019, c.153 (C.24:6I-24);
(17) a privately or publicly owned and operated entertainment facility within this State, including but not
limited to a theater, stadium, museum, arena, racetrack or other place where performances, concerts,
exhibits, games or contests are held;
(18) a casino and related facilities, including but not limited to appurtenant hotels, retail premises,
restaurant and bar facilities, and entertainment and recreational venues located within the casino
(19) a plant or operation that produces, converts, distributes or stores energy or converts one form of
energy to another;
(20) an airport or public transportation hub;
(21) a health care facility, including but not limited to a general hospital, special hospital, psychiatric
hospital, public health center, diagnostic center, treatment center, rehabilitation center, extended care
facility, skilled nursing home, nursing home, intermediate care facility, tuberculosis hospital, chronic
disease hospital, maternity hospital, outpatient clinic, dispensary, assisted living center, home health
care agency, residential treatment facility, residential health care facility, medical office, or
ambulatory care facility;
(22) a facility licensed or regulated by the Department of Human Services, Department of Children and
Families, or Department of Health, other than a health care facility, that provides addiction or mental
health treatment or support services;
  State Contact Info: New Jersey State Police
PO Box 7068
W. Trenton, NJ 08628
  Permit Issuing Authority: Chief police officer
  Length of Permit Validity:
  Permit Application Process: Contact your local chief police officer / sheriff and ask about their process
  Resident Permit Reciprocity:
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