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How can I legally carry a gun in New Jersey?

On Behalf of | Aug 6, 2022 | Weapons Charges

The right to own a firearm is different from the right to carry one in public. If you are not cautious, you could end up with a weapons charge for illegal possession.

According to the state website, to carry a handgun, you need to apply for a permit. The application process requires following specific instructions. Failure to properly apply may result in a denial of your application.


You will need to begin by completing the application form. You must turn in three copies of the document, and each must have notarization. You also must fill out the form that consents to a mental health background check and provide the state with four passport photos.

Additional documents you must submit include proof of ownership for the handguns you wish to carry and a detailed explanation of why you need to carry. Lastly, you must prove your qualification to carry with approval from a certified firearms instructor.

Other requirements

In addition to your full application packet and documentation, you must pay the fee for applying.

Points to note

The application requires you to prove references. These must be people who have known you for at least three years prior to your application date.

You should read all instructions carefully. Make sure to notarize documents where needed, and ensure that you have received all the documentation before turning in the application packet.

Paying attention to the detailed instructions for applying for a permit to carry a handgun in New Jersey can make the process easier and move your application along more quickly.