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New Jersey does allow people to own certain firearms, however, the state does not make it easy for people to fully exercise their Second Amendment rights. To ensure you stay out of legal trouble, follow the guidelines below to learn more about obtaining a gun permit according to the law. If you have been denied a gun permit for some reason, feel free to reach out to our experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorneys today.

How do I apply for a gun permit in New Jersey?

There are two types of gun permits you can get; the handgun purchasing permit, or HPP, or the FPID, otherwise known as the firearm purchaser identification card. If you are someone who wants to purchase a rifle, shotgun, or long gun, you will have to obtain an FPID. Rather obviously, those looking to buy handguns must purchase HPPs. Fortunately, for the sake of simplification, the permits are different, though the forms you must complete are the same.

What documents do I need to get a gun permit in New Jersey?

You will need to provide the following documentation and information before you are allowed to purchase a gun in the state of New Jersey:

  • Your driver’s license
  • Your passport
  • An executed Consent for Mental Health Records Search
  • Two character references

The police will run a background check with the FBI before allowing you to obtain a license to own a firearm. If you believe that you were wrongly denied your right to own a firearm, our attorneys can help.

Am I allowed to carry a gun in public in New Jersey?

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to obtain a license to carry in New Jersey. To get one, you will have to prove that you have a valid reason to do so. This means that generally, the only people who can get them must either need a firearm for their job or are people who’ve been threatened with violence.

What happens if I have been denied a gun permit in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, you may be denied access to a firearm for committing a crime several years ago if you have a criminal record, even if you are no longer a threat to society. If this happens, you may appeal the denial within 30 days. The appeals process is frequently complicated, however, we are here to help secure your right to own a firearm.

Contact our experienced Bergen County firm

If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges in the state of New Jersey, you need an experienced attorney on your side who is ready to help you through every step of the legal process going forward. Contact the legal team at McNerny & McAuliffe today. Our firm is also experienced in handling legal matters relating to divorce, family law, personal injury law, and more. We are here to help–all you have to do is ask.

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