As you have probably heard in the news, in June of 2022, the United States Supreme Court struck down a New York law requiring gun owners to show “proper cause” for carrying a handgun in public, for self-defense or otherwise. If you are a New Jersey resident gun owner or looking to become a gun owner, it’s important for you to understand what the SCOTUS ruling on guns means for NJ, and how you as a state resident can legally own a gun and protect yourself.
NJ Gun Laws Pre- and Post- SCOTUS Ruling
The state of New Jersey, prior to the Supreme Court ruling, had a long-existing provision of “justifiable need” for gun ownership and concealed carry permits. New Jersey is ranked among the highest in the country in its strict gun laws…rules for gun ownership include: gun buyers need to be over 21, have no criminal record, and must show specific threats to their life for a concealed handgun permit. Potential gun buyers also need multiple endorsements for their character, and demonstrated familiarity with handguns.
These laws at the moment still apply, and carrying a handgun without a permit is still illegal in the state. So if you are a New Jersey resident who believes in the need to own a gun for your own and your family’s protection, you have to go through the necessary steps, including background checks that ensure you do not fall under potentially violent threat demographics. Your permit to carry is handled through the New Jersey State Police.
For a rifle or a shotgun, you will need a firearms purchaser identification card; for a handgun you need a permit. You will also need these certifications to buy ammunition. Your permit is good for 90 days and the purchase of one handgun.
If you are new to gun ownership, or find yourself in the unfortunate situation of needing a gun for your protection, it’s vitally important to get yourself trained in the handling and safety of using firearms. At Blackstone Security Group, we provide firearms training in New Jersey that will give you the ability and confidence with guns you need, and the knowledge you need to be compliant with state law requirements.
Blackstone Owner David Ollivier is an NRA-certified pistol instructor, a retired law enforcement officer and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He has a wealth of background and experience teaching civilians the proper use of firearms, and can also assist you with the completion of NJ State Firearm Qualification Form. Dave is an expert on both the use of firearms and keeping people safe, and can help you protect yourself.
What the SCOTUS ruling on guns means for NJ is that while it may become easier to obtain a handgun for your own personal defense, residents of the state still have to demonstrate their background and ability to handle the responsibility.
Don’t wait…your safety is too important. Reach out to Blackstone Security today and ask us about our firearms training and safety program. We can help you stay safe and do it legally.