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What Documents are Required to Obtain a Gun Permit in New Jersey?

The state of New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States, making it very difficult to obtain a gun permit. That is why if you are found violating a gun law, you will face severe consequences. Contact our firm today to speak with one of our experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorneys to learn more.

What will I need to show in order to obtain a gun permit in New Jersey?

New Jersey has strict gun laws, which is why many personal documents are required in order to obtain a gun permit. The information needed is as follows:

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

Furthermore, the police will also require a full and thorough background check with the FBI. This search will consist of a deep analysis of the applicant’s mental health records, an investigation by the local police, and fingerprinting.

What are New Jersey’s gun and weapon offenses?

As mentioned above, New Jersey’s gun laws do not make it easy for individuals to purchase, possess or use a gun. Those who would like to obtain a permit to purchase and carry firearms will need to go through a lengthy process, because of past history with gun violence and gun crimes. Some of the many gun crimes that are identified in New Jersey include the following:

  • 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 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 several different charges that individuals may face after violating a gun law in New Jersey. Some of the most common charges our firm has seen clients face include the following:

  • 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

If you have questions or concerns about gun charges in New Jersey, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today to speak with one of our skilled criminal defense attorneys.


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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