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How to Obtain a Firearm Permit in New Jersey | What to Know

It is important to understand New Jersey’s firearm permit laws before attempting to apply for one. To learn more, read on and reach out to an experienced Bergen County gun crime defense attorney. Our legal team is on your side.

What documents do I need in order to obtain a firearm permit in New Jersey?

The state of New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws.  Because of this, many personal documents are required in order to obtain a firearm permit. The documentation required typically includes the following:

  • A passport
  • A driver’s license
  • 2 references
  • An executed Consent for Mental Health Records Search

Also, the police will also demand a full and thorough background check with the FBI. This search will consist of a thorough examination of the applicant’s mental health records, an investigation by the local police, and fingerprinting. To learn more, reach out to our Bergen County criminal defense attorney today.

What are gun crimes in New Jersey?

Again, New Jersey’s gun laws make it difficult for individuals to purchase, possess or use a gun. If you would like to obtain a permit to purchase and carry firearms, you will need to go through a complex process. This is because of past history with gun violence and gun crimes. Some of the many gun crimes that are recognized in New Jersey include:

  • Unlawful carry, whether open or concealed
  • Bringing weapons, legal or illegal, into New Jersey from out of state
  • Possession of a stolen gun
  • Possession of a gun without a valid New Jersey permit
  • Possession of an unregistered gun
  • Possession of an assault rifle
  • Possession of a sawed-off shotgun
  • Unlawful possession of a baseball bat, crowbar, or knife for criminal purposes
  • Unlawful possession of a BB gun or airsoft gun

What are the various charges for gun crimes in New Jersey?

There are a number of different charges that people may encounter after violating a gun law in New Jersey. Some of the most typical charges our firm has seen clients face include:

  • The unlawful possession of a rifle or shotgun is a crime in the third degree
  • The unlawful possession of a spring gun or air gun is a crime in the third degree
  • The unlawful possession of a machine gun, handgun, or assault rifle is a crime in the second degree

It is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today to speak with one of our skilled criminal defense attorneys to learn more about the process of obtaining a firearm permit in New Jersey.


Kevin T. Conway is an experienced Bergen County criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need an aggressive criminal lawyer, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation.

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