New Jersey State Law Summary

Posted on January 1, 2012

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Last updated December 9, 2013

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.

In 2013, the New Jersey legislature enacted new laws that relate to firearms. These new laws are described below.

enacted in 2013

Laws that Strengthen Gun Regulation

NJ A 3687 Disqualifies any person named on the federal Terrorist Watchlist from purchasing a firearm.
NJ A 3717 Requires submission of certain mental health records to NICS.

Laws that Weaken Gun Regulation

NJ A 3788 Makes concealed weapon permit records confidential.

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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.