Recently, President Joe Biden announced a half-dozen executive actions to combat gun violence in America. According to the Associated Press, “Biden’s new steps include a move to crack down on ‘ghost guns,’ homemade firearms that lack serial numbers used to trace them and are often purchased without a background check,” among other things. Read on to learn more about New Jersey’s current gun laws.
How Do I Apply for a Gun Permit?
In New Jersey, you will need a gun permit to purchase a firearm. In order to apply for a gun permit, you will need:
- A passport
- A driver’s license
- 2 references
- An executed Consent for Mental Health Records Search
Along with this information, the police will conduct a full and thorough background check with the FBI. This consists of a search of the applicant’s mental health records, an investigation by the local police, and fingerprinting.
Gun and Weapons Offenses in NJ
New Jersey has strict gun laws, meaning that not everyone can lawfully purchase, possess, or use a gun. Individuals must obtain certain permits to purchase and carry firearms. A license to carry is incredibly difficult to obtain in New Jersey. Some of the many weapons offenses in New Jersey include:
- Possession of a gun without a valid New Jersey permit
- Possession of an unregistered gun
- Possession of a stolen gun
- Unlawful carry, whether open or concealed
- Bringing weapons, legal or illegal, into New Jersey from out of state
- Possession of an assault rifle
- Possession of a sawed-off shotgun
- Unlawful possession of a BB gun or airsoft gun
- Unlawful possession of a baseball bat, crowbar, or knife for criminal purposes
New Jersey takes gun charges very seriously. If you are facing charges for any of the above, you should reach out to an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. Contact our firm to speak with a skilled and dedicated attorney.
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