Want to buy a gun in New Jersey? Get ready to jump through some serious hoops and navigate a maze of red tape, at least if you want to legally get a firearm. First you’re going to need to apply for your Firearms ID card or your pistol purchase permit, which will require a trip down to your local police department. Get ready to detail a lot of personal information, including providing character references in some localities, and be prepared to wait for weeks or months before you hear back from your local sheriff or chief of police.
Those in charge of issuing those Second Amendment permission slips can deny you a permit if they believe you to be “unsuitable” to own a gun, even if you’ve never been convicted of a crime or adjudicated mentally defective, but if you’re one of the lucky ones who are approved to exercise a constitutional right, then you can head down to your local gun store where you’ll undergo another background check before purchasing your new firearm.
Once you have that gun, be careful not to leave the house with it, unless you’re driving to or from a gun range or gun shop, and make sure that your gun is locked up, ammunition stored separately, in a part of the car that you can’t readily access. Otherwise, you could be looking at a felony charge and years in prison.