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Can I buy an antique gun in New Jersey?

If you are gun collector and enthusiast in New Jersey, you may seek out historical firearms to add to your collection. Many of these items can be rare and valuable and even those that are not associated with a high dollar value, they may be a great perk to you personally just because of your interest in them and their associated historical periods. But, do you know what weapons you may or may not need an identification card in hand in order to purchase?

As explained by the State of New Jersey, in order to buy many weapons legally in the state, you may need a firearms purchaser identification card. This card can be obtained at a retailer that sells guns, at any State Police station or at a city police department. When it comes to antique weapons, you will need an identification card for some but not for others. Those that fall into the category of antique cannons with the ability to fire over a .60 caliber projectile, the card will be required.

If you are looking to purchase an antique shotgun or rifle that was made before 1898, you may not need the ID card so long as ammunition for the gun is not able to be purchased. You will also need to be able to show that you only want the gun for historical or ornamental purposes. Cards may not be required for newer weapons if they are unable to be fired or do not have fixed ammunition.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give New Jersey residents an overview of the laws surrounding the purchase of antique weapons.

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