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NJ Gun Laws and How New Jersey's Rules Compare Nationally

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By    |   Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 12:58 PM

The laws pertaining to concealed carry and the manner in which you’re allowed to transport a gun vary from state to state. However, New Jersey’s laws are often considered some of the most restrictive in the United States.

According to the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety and the Office of the Attorney General, firearms that are transported into the Garden State “shall be carried unloaded and contained in a closed and fastened case, gunbox, securely tied package, or locked in the trunk of the automobile in which it is being transported, and in the course of travel, shall include only such deviations as are reasonably necessary under the circumstances.”

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In addition, “The firearm should not be directly accessible from the passenger compartment of the vehicle. If the vehicle does not have a compartment separate from the passenger compartment, the firearm and ammunition must be in a locked container other than the vehicle's glove compartment or console.”

New Jersey also doesn’t recognize other states’ concealed carry permits, as highlighted by a map on USA Carry’s website.

New Jersey does allow for the lawful transporting of a gun through the Garden State but with many restrictions, according to the state’s Department of Law and Public Safety. A non-resident can transport a gun in one’s vehicle if he or she abides by all the state’s rules for properly containing the gun.

In addition, in accordance with state law, a person transporting a gun through New Jersey must lawfully possess the weapon in the state in which their trip began and in the state in which the trip ends and must be transporting the firearm for a “lawful purpose.”

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Many states have far fewer restrictions on the transport and containment of firearms. Many states also recognize other states’ concealed carry permits with reciprocity agreements. However, each state can decide what guidelines they wish to follow in order to allow for concealed carry reciprocity to another state.

When it comes to ammunition magazines, New Jersey allows for 15 rounds in a magazine. According to Smart Gun Law, “Hawaii, New Jersey, and New York have the most comprehensive prohibitions, banning possession, manufacture, and transfer (including sale) of large capacity magazines.”

However, according to the website, New Jersey also “allows possession of large capacity magazines by a person who has registered a grandfathered assault weapon and uses the magazine in connection with competitive shooting matches sanctioned by the Director of Civilian Marksmanship of the U.S. Department of the Army.”

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws of your state and destination before travel.

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