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New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. As a result, gun crimes are taken very seriously. When it comes to guns, it is important to abide by the rules. This includes following the proper steps to obtain a gun permit. Read on to learn more about how to obtain a permit and some of the most common gun crimes in New Jersey.

What Are Some of New Jersey’s Gun Laws?

Some of the many gun laws New Jerseyans must abide by at all times include:

  • It is illegal to possess, purchase or sell machine guns without valid licenses
  • You may not deface a firearm or remove its markings
  • It is unlawful to even possess a firearm that has already been defaced or tampered with
  • Certain people that have disabilities or physical defects that make it dangerous to handle a firearm may not own one
  • People in New Jersey must obtain one handgun permit per handgun
  • If you are younger than 18 years old, you may not purchase or own firearms except under very specific circumstances
  • If you are looking to possess, sell, transfer, or otherwise handle guns in the state of New Jersey, you must first be a licensed dealer under New Jersey law or possesses a valid Firearms Purchasers Identification Card.
  • You may not falsify information on application forms. If you do, you will most likely face serious consequences.
  • If you are under 21 years old, you may not possess a handgun or pistol.
  • If you’ve been convicted of a crime, you may now own a firearm.
  • If you are deemed to be drug or alcohol dependent, you cannot own or possess firearms


Here at McNerney & McAuliffe, we understand how confusing certain legal matters can be, which is why we are here to provide clients from all walks of life with the experienced, compassionate legal guidance they need. If you require the legal assistance of an attorney to help you through a criminal law matter, personal injury matter, family law matter, or otherwise, you can turn to us. Contact McNerney & McAuliffe today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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