Obtaining a Gun License in New Jersey

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Many people own guns for a variety of reasons ranging from hunting and self-protection to collecting. In the state of New Jersey, you must obtain an "Application for Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Handgun Purchase Permit" from the New Jersey State Police in order to buy a gun or an "Application for Permit to Carry a Handgun" to carry one.

Complete a Purchase Application Permit

The forms needed to buy a gun are available on the New Jersey State Police website under the "Forms" section. Download the "Application for Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Handgun Purchase Permit" form and complete it. The application requires you to specify a permit type, your name and address, the name and address of your employer and any criminal history.

It also requires personal information about any alcohol and substance abuse problems, mental and physical disabilities and the names and contact information of two character references who are not related to you.

Submit the Application to a Police Department

Submit the application to a New Jersey police department or state police with the application fee. The application fee is $5 for the first "Firearms Purchaser Identification Permit" and $2 for each "Permit to Purchase a Handgun." These fees must be paid with a money order or a certified check payable to the "Superintendent of State Police" or the police chief of the local police department.

Obtaining a Carry Permit

Download the "Application for Permit to Carry a Handgun" form from the state police forms site. Complete three copies of the application form. You must list the type of permit for which you are applying, your name and address, the name and address of your employer and your criminal history information. You must also submit personal information about any alcohol and substance abuse problems, mental and physical disabilities and the names and contact information of three character references who are not related to you and have known you for three years.

Unlike the "Application for Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Handgun Purchase Permit," these references must also sign the form.

Submit three copies of the application to the police department or state police with the application fee. The application fee is $20. These fees must be paid with a money order or a certified check payable to the "State of New Jersey."

Fingerprints and Photographs

For both permits, you must visit your local police department or state police barracks to have your finger prints taken. The state police charge a fee of $52.66 as of March 2019 for fingerprinting. To carry a handgun, you must also have four 1.5 inch by 1.5 inch photographs taken of your face and shoulders. You cannot wear a hart or sunglasses in the photograph, and it cannot be against a dark background.

All four photographs are submitted with the carry permit application. If you cannot take the photographs yourself, visit a local shop that takes passport photographs.

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Hal Bartle has been writing professionally since 2009. He has been published on various websites. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Saint Joseph's University and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law.

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