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A brief overview of gun laws in NJ

Like many people across the United States, there are New Jersey residents who value their right to bear arms, whether for home defense, hunting or as a hobby. However, owning a gun in the Garden State involves more than deciding on a whim to make a purchase from just anyone. Those who do not take the proper steps to register and purchase firearms may face criminal charges.

It is important for those who are considering purchasing a gun to first determine if they are eligible to own a firearm. FindLaw cautions that those with prior felony convictions – usually violent, theft-related or drug-related in nature – are prohibited from owning guns in New Jersey. Additionally, those under the age of 18 may not legally own guns. The type of firearm also comes into question. Sawed-off shotguns, stun guns, armor penetrating bullets and silencers are prohibited, as well as assault firearms and machine guns without the proper licenses.

According to the New Jersey State Police, prospective firearm owners need to take the proper steps to register their gun, and people are subject to a 30-day waiting period during a background check. Non-residents may also face penalties for improperly transporting firearms through the state. Guns need to be unloaded in the vehicle and not accessible from the passenger seat, among other restrictions.

Gun ownership may be complex in New Jersey, but residents are able to purchase and operate firearms if they do so under legal means. When they understand the laws and go through the correct avenues, they may avoid legal repercussions.

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