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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Machine Guns & Automatic Firearms in New Jersey.’ Hardware & Ammunition. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 1 March
Machine Guns and Automatic Firearms in New Jersey
New Jersey prohibits any person from knowingly possessing a machine gun, or any instrument or device adaptable for use as a machine gun, without a state license.
The state also prohibits any person from manufacturing, causing to be manufactured, transporting, shipping, selling or disposing of any machine gun without being registered or licensed under state law.
Any person seeking to purchase, possess or carry a machine gun in New Jersey may apply for a license to do so by filing a written application with his or her county's superior court, setting forth in detail the reasons for desiring such a license. "No license shall be issued to any person who would not qualify for a permit to carry a handgun…and no license shall be issued unless the court finds that the public safety and welfare so require."
Finally, any person who offers to sell a machine gun by means of an advertisement published in a newspaper circulating within New Jersey, where the advertisement does not specify that the purchaser is required to possess a valid New Jersey license to purchase and possess a machine gun or a valid Firearms Purchaser Identification Card to purchase and possess an automatic rifle, is criminally liable for a misdemeanor…
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