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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn New Jersey, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 11.0%1
2002: 11.3%2
2001: 12.3%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In New Jersey, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 15.44%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn New Jersey, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 29.0%5 6
1991/2000: 33.3%
1981/1990: 36.3%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn New Jersey, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 4687
2013: 506
2012: 444
2011: 482
2010: 456
2009: 411
2008: 429
2007: 446
2006: 492
2005: 434
2004: 454
2003: 458
2002: 415
2001: 370
2000: 341
1999: 366

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Jersey, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 5.247
2013: 5.68
2012: 5.00
2011: 5.45
2010: 5.19
2009: 4.69
2008: 4.92
2007: 5.14
2006: 5.68
2005: 5.02
2004: 5.26
2003: 5.32
2002: 4.85
2001: 4.36
2000: 4.05
1999: 4.38

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn New Jersey, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 4197
2012: 405
2011: 413
2010: 388
2009: 328
2008: 377
2007: 403
2006: 449
2005: 427
2004: 405
2003: 423
2002: 333
2001: 1,051
2000: 320
1999: 298

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn New Jersey, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 4.717
2012: 4.57
2011: 4.67
2010: 4.41
2009: 3.75
2008: 4.33
2007: 4.64
2006: 5.18
2005: 4.94
2004: 4.69
2003: 4.92
2002: 3.89
2001: 12.38
2000: 3.80
1999: 3.56

Gun Homicides

ChartIn New Jersey, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 2987
2012: 276
2011: 288
2010: 260
2009: 229
2008: 244
2007: 276
2006: 301
2005: 288
2004: 253
2003: 257
2002: 208
2001: 185
2000: 172
1999: 153

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Jersey, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.357
2012: 3.11
2011: 3.26
2010: 2.96
2009: 2.62
2008: 2.80
2007: 3.18
2005: 3.33
2004: 2.93
2003: 2.99
2002: 2.43
2001: 2.18
2000: 2.04
1999: 1.83

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn New Jersey, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 2299 10
2012: 237
2011: 238
2010: 216
2009: 189
2008: 202
2007: 244
2006: 270
2005: 260
2004: 225
2003: 218
2002: 180
2001: 162
2000: 133
1999: 139
1998: 125
1997: 159
1996: 157
1995: 231

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Jersey, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.5712
2012: 2.67
2011: 2.69
2010: 2.45
2009: 2.16
2008: 2.32
2007: 2.81
2006: 3.12
2005: 3.01
2004: 2.61
2003: 2.53
2002: 2.10
2001: 1.91
2000: 1.58
1999: 1.66
1998: 1.51
1997: 1.93
1996: 1.93
1995: 2.86

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn New Jersey, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 11
2006: 11
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 13
1999: 10

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn New Jersey, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn New Jersey, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 29 10
2012: 9
2011: 6
2010: 9
2009: 9
2008: 4
2007: 6
2006: 7
2005: 4
2004: 4
2003: 13
2002: 16
2001: 3
2000: 11
1999: 6
1998: 11
1997: 14
1996: 3
1995: 6

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Jersey, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0212
2012: 0.10
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.10
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.08
2005: 0.05
2004: 0.05
2003: 0.15
2002: 0.19
2001: 0.04
2000: 0.13
1999: 0.07
1998: 0.13
1997: 0.17
1996: 0.04
1995: 0.07

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn New Jersey, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 11
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 12
2006: 10
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 17
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn New Jersey, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn New Jersey, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 609 10
2012: 27
2011: 25
2010: 21
2009: 22
2008: 30
2007: 10
2006: 12
2005: 12
2004: 1
2003: 9
2002: 9
2001: 6
2000: 5
1999: 6
1998: 8
1997: 3
1996: 4
1995: 2

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Jersey, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.6712
2012: 0.30
2011: 0.28
2010: 0.24
2009: 0.25
2008: 0.34
2007: 0.12
2006: 0.14
2005: 0.14
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.10
2002: 0.11
2001: 0.07
2000: 0.06
1999: 0.07
1998: 0.10
1997: 0.04
1996: 0.05
1995: 0.02

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn New Jersey, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 29413 10
2012: 273
2011: 282
2010: 246
2009: 219
2008: 237
2007: 253
2006: 280
2005: 273
2004: 243
2003: 242
2002: 188
2001: 175
2000: 151
1999: 135

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn New Jersey, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.3013 10
2012: 3.08
2011: 3.20
2010: 2.80
2009: 2.50
2008: 2.72
2007: 2.92
2006: 3.23
2005: 3.16
2004: 2.81
2003: 2.81
2002: 2.20
2001: 2.06
2000: 1.79
1999: 1.61

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn New Jersey, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 7577
2012: 683
2011: 689
2010: 719
2009: 557
2008: 615
2007: 596
2006: 585
2005: 536
2004: 597
2003: 588
2002: 553
2001: 588
2000: 560
1999: 563

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn New Jersey, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 8.517
2012: 7.70
2011: 7.80
2010: 8.18
2009: 6.36
2008: 7.06
2007: 6.87
2006: 6.75
2005: 6.20
2004: 6.91
2003: 6.84
2002: 6.47
2001: 6.92
2000: 6.66
1999: 6.73

Gun Suicides

ChartIn New Jersey, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 1947
2012: 160
2011: 181
2010: 187
2009: 173
2008: 175
2007: 165
2006: 173
2005: 136
2004: 185
2003: 183
2002: 176
2001: 167
2000: 154
1999: 195

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Jersey, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.187
2012: 1.80
2011: 2.05
2010: 2.13
2009: 1.98
2008: 2.01
2007: 1.90
2006: 2.00
2005: 1.57
2004: 2.14
2003: 2.13
2002: 2.06
2001: 1.97
2000: 1.83
1999: 2.33

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn New Jersey, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 1713
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 12
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 11
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 14
2006: 11
2005: 12
2004: 10
2003: 18
2002: 24
2001: 16
2000: 15
1999: 24

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Jersey, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.28
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.29

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn New Jersey, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 2913
2012: 27
2011: 31
2010: 23
2009: 39
2008: 27
2007: 34
2006: 38
2005: 32
2004: 38
2003: 28
2002: 33
2001: 35
2000: 26
1999: 32

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Jersey, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.3313
2012: 0.30
2011: 0.35
2010: 0.26
2009: 0.45
2008: 0.31
2007: 0.39
2006: 0.44
2005: 0.37
2004: 0.44
2003: 0.33
2002: 0.39
2001: 0.41
2000: 0.31
1999: 0.38

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn New Jersey, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 14813
2012: 129
2011: 138
2010: 158
2009: 123
2008: 140
2007: 117
2006: 124
2005: 92
2004: 137
2003: 137
2002: 119
2001: 116
2000: 113
1999: 139

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Jersey, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.6613
2012: 1.46
2011: 1.56
2010: 1.80
2009: 1.40
2008: 1.61
2007: 1.35
2006: 1.43
2005: 1.06
2004: 1.59
2003: 1.59
2002: 1.39
2001: 1.37
2000: 1.34
1999: 1.66

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn New Jersey, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 3
2006: 14
2005: 5
2004: 10
2003: 10
2002: 28
2001: 11
2000: 12
1999: 8

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Jersey, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.16
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.12
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.33
2001: 0.13
2000: 0.14
1999: 0.10

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn New Jersey, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Jersey, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn New Jersey, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Jersey, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn New Jersey, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 12
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 23
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Jersey, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.27
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New Jersey, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 3
2005: 1
2004: 1
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 1
2001: 2
2000: 3
1999: 5

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Jersey, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.01
2001: 0.02
2000: 0.04
1999: 0.06

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New Jersey, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Jersey, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New Jersey, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Jersey, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New Jersey, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn New Jersey, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn New Jersey, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 1818
2010: 22
2009: 10
2008: 919
2007: 8
2006: 8
2005: 15
2004: 26
2003: 19
2002: 6
2001: 1720
2000: 6
1999: 7
1998: 10
1997: 11
1996: 15
1995: 12

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from New Jersey at a rate of 2.821 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, New Jersey ranked at No. 4821 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in New Jersey is categorised as restrictive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in New Jersey includes the New Jersey Statutes, Administrative Code and the Constitution of New Jersey 194723

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in New Jersey are regulated by the local and state governments24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In New Jersey, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law.28 State law does not include a similar right.29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In New Jersey, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns,30 assault weapons,31 and large capacity ammunition magazines32 without a county superior court-issued licence, but civilians are allowed to possess .50 calibre rifles33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In New Jersey, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to licensing and registration30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In New Jersey, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted with a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In New Jersey, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted with a permit to acquire a handgun35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In New Jersey, only licensed gun owners (FPIC for rifles and shotguns or a permit to purchase a handgun)36 35 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in New Jersey is 18 years, or 21 years handguns37 25 26

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in New Jersey must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, addiction and domestic violence36 35 25 26 records

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in New Jersey stipulates38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In New Jersey, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun39 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In New Jersey, the law requires (permanent record for handguns only)40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In New Jersey, licensed firearm dealers are required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In New Jersey, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited without a valid firearms licence (FPIC for rifles and shotguns or a permit to purchase a handgun)42 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In New Jersey, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful43 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in New Jersey is obliged42 44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in New Jersey is obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In New Jersey, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to one every 30 days (handguns only)45 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in New Jersey is reported to be

2015: 55046
2014: 56547
2013: 54548
2012: 50949
2011: 48150

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In New Jersey, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 7 days for handguns51 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In New Jersey, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated (but heavily restricted)52 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in New Jersey do not include (handguns only)53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in New Jersey include54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in New Jersey include55 53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In New Jersey, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law56 57 58 59 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In New Jersey, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not60 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In New Jersey, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit (for handguns, rifles or shotguns), but prohibited for loaded long guns (with few exceptions)61 62 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In New Jersey, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 62 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In New Jersey, local licensing authorities "may issue", with room for discretion,39 63 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In New Jersey, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are not granted39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In New Jersey, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt39 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In New Jersey, private guns are prohibited in vehicles (loaded, exposed firearms)55 and schools and universities64 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked New Jersey as ‘A-’65

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in New Jersey on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 7266
2010: 7267
2009: 7368
2008: 6369
2007: 6370

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked New Jersey at No. 671 among 50 US States


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