Under the second amendment, citizens in the United States have the right to own firearms. However, restrictions are made to these laws on a state level. These restrictions require those who wish to obtain a firearm to follow the proper legal channels to do so. The state of New Jersey holds some of the strictest gun laws in the country. These laws require residents to have a permit in order to purchase and own a gun. The process of getting a permit requires thorough background checks. It is important that these laws are followed properly, otherwise, a person can be charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. If you have been charged, contact an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney for assistance protecting your record.
Applying for a Permit
In the state of New Jersey, there are two different types of gun permits that a person can apply for in order to go forward with purchasing one. While the two permits are completely different, there is only one application for them. The two permits include the following:
- Handgun Purchase Permit: Known as HPP, this is to apply for the purchase of handguns.
- Firearm Purchaser Identification Card: Known as FPID, this permit is needed to purchase a rifle, long gun, or shotgun.
What Do I Need for My Application?
When a resident of New Jersey is filling out their application, they are required to include certain documentation in order to complete it. This includes the following:
- A passport
- A driver’s license
- 2 references
- An executed Consent for Mental Health Records Search
With this, the police will also conduct a full and thorough background check with the FBI. This process entails a search of the applicant’s mental health records, an investigation by the local police, and fingerprinting.
License to Carry
If a person wishes to carry the firearm they legally possess on their person, this requires a different license. All applicants for open carry are required to provide a justifiable reason as to why they need to carry the firearm. Often times, this is difficult to do unless their job requires it or there have been physical threats made against them.
The vetting process for gun permits in New Jersey is strict. It is because of this that applications are sometimes denied, even when a person has only ever made a small mistake in their life. If an application is denied, it is important to know that people have the right to appeal the decision within 30 days. While this is true, appeals are also a difficult process. An experienced attorney can help fight for a person’s right to own a gun.
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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.