New Jersey State Law Summary

Posted on October 3, 2014

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In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. New Jersey ranked 3rd out of 50 – having some of the strongest gun laws in the country.

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Among other things, New Jersey:

New Jersey does not, however:

Local governments in New Jersey have broad authority to regulate firearms and ammunition.

In 2010, New Jersey had the 5th lowest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. New Jersey had the 3rd lowest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2009–meaning that crime guns originally sold in New Jersey were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 3rd lowest rate among the states.  New Jersey imports far more crime guns than it exports.

New Jersey Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in New Jersey, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.