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Getting a Carry Permit in New Jersey is CRAZY

New Jersey is famous for a lot of cool things — Atlantic City, beautiful parks, pork rolls, and the cast of the Jersey Shore. But one negative thing they are known for is the crazy process for getting a permit to carry your own handgun. It’s practically impossible and definitely not inline with how the Second Amendment. If you move there from another state with better gun laws, you might be shocked by all the hoops you have to go through to obtain one, and the most likely outcome is that you will get denied.

So, what’s the deal with the permit to carry in New Jersey? Let’s explore the gun laws in this difficult place to figure out how they manage to deny people’s rights all the time in the Garden State. 

The Firearm Purchasers Identification Card (FID) for Long Guns or Handguns

First let’s talk about long guns, shotguns and rifles. In order to own one in the state of New Jersey, you need to apply for a Firearms Purchasers Identification Card (FID). This part isn’t very hard. You just need to fill out a form, go for fingerprinting, and pay a small fee. Keep in mind that you can’t have a criminal record, any mental health history, or restraining orders taken out against you. You must also be employed as a stipulation of getting the card.

You also need to have two people not related to you listed as references of your character on your application. If you don’t have any friends or associates willing to be on the form, that may pose a problem for you. 

You need the FID in order to be able to buy a handgun as well. It’s part of the Handgun Purchaser Permits within your FID. These FID cards get approved pretty easily if you don’t have any of the disqualifications during the background check.

What About a Permit to Carry?

This is where it gets tricky and ridiculous. So naturally, you want to carry your handgun on you outside of your home from self-defense protection. Not so fast!

Applying for a permit to carry requires that you be employed in some security-related field, or know someone politically who can push the approval through for you. New Jersey is all about who you know and “I’ll help you, if you help me” pats on the back, goodfellas style. 

So, what if you don’t have those to facilitate your permit to carry? You may be out of luck. If you just list self-protection as the reason you want the permit on your application, they just don’t care and will reject you. New Jersey is one of the only states that is interested in denying your Second Amendment rights. They only believe you should conceal carry if you need it for your profession. 

Hopefully, New Jersey will be able to reform these laws soon. This can come in the form of new legislation, or higher court challenges in the state. Unfortunately, people living in the Garden state will just have to accept that their constitutional rights are not respected for the time being.


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3 Responses

  1. Maybe it should be required for ALL POLITICIANS to write the Constitution in longhand twice. That they might see the part about the 2nd Amendment shall not be INFRINGED. Also ALL of the Justices on the Supreme Court should be made to do the same & memorize the 2nd Amendment. The 2nd Amendment is in the Constitution & it is easily understandable – it should not be open to discussion it is one of the laws of America.Have these people do as I stated – then SHUT UP and find something else to rant about and try and make illegal – their next project should be to look up the definition of illegal – then write it in longhand 1000 times – would fix the border crisis – all of these politicians including the PRESIDENT work for US – WE THE PEOPLE not the other way around – We pay their salaries ( Biden and most others would not know where to start to do what I have done so far in my life) – they just thru paperwork steal from us.On another note someone ( besides a politician) explain to me how someone whose salary is $65,000 -$75,000 a year can become MILLIONAIRES in a short periond of time – do the math – IT DON’T ADD UP

  2. Par for the course in the crookedest state in the Union.

  3. I say move to texas ,it’s a beautiful state . I’m on my way!

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