New Guidelines For Firearms In New Jersey

The New Jersey Attorney General and the Governor announced new guidelines for firearms in New Jersey on 4/8/16. The permit to carry a handgun, which is de-facto unattainable by normal citizens now include a “serious threats” standard dependent on a written certification of “justifiable need” – it remains to be seen if this will somehow make it possible to carry in New Jersey.

Clear guidelines on are promised on what constitutes a “reasonably necessary” deviation in the course of travel when transporting a firearm. If you do not have a carry permit but you are transporting your firearm between your home and your business, are you legally able to stop to eat or use the bathroom?

Also issued was a directive to State Police to develop “a more efficient and consistent application process”, including working in concert with licensing authorities to streamline the application/renewal process for firearms purchaser ID cards, purchase permits and handgun carry permits.

The official press release from the Governor’s office links to PDFs of the Regulations Change (proposed amendment N.J.A.C. 13:54-2.4), AG Guideline, and AG Directive.

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