the Firearms Permitting Department of your local police department to
the day and times they are open to process permit applications. Many municipalities
only have part time staff for this department and may not be open everyday. For
instance in my town, the firearms permitting department is only open on Wednesday
nights. So call first so you don't waste any time.
are two types of purchase permits in New Jersey. The first is the
card and the second is a Pistol Permit. You will need to apply for both if this is your
first time buying a firearm. The Firearms ID card is used in two ways. First it allows
you to purchase any long gun (rifle/shotgun). Second it has an SBI number on it which
is required for your NIC check at the time you purchase a pistol. You must have the
FID card even if you don't plan on buying a long gun.
are two forms which are required by the State of New Jersey. They
easy to fill out and should take only a few minutes. The first form is the STS-33 form
which is used for both the FID card and a pistol permit. First time applicants will
check the FID box at the top and enter the number of pistol permits for which you wish
to apply. There is no maximum number of permits you can apply for, so put down as
many as you like. Just remember your pistol permit will only be good for 90 days, so
you must be ready to buy within three months of receiving your permits. The second
form is the mental health waiver form which allows the authorities to check and see if
you were ever institutionalized (SP-66). Here is the form for a permit to carry (SP-642).
There are NO OTHER FORMS ALLOWED
by state statutes so don't sign any.
2C:58-3(f). Purchase of firearms
4. The cost for permits is regulated by state statutes therefore your municipality can only"...There shall be no conditions or requirements added to the form or content of the application, or required by the licensing authority for the issuance of a permit or identification card, other than those
that are specifically set forth in this chapter. "
2C:58-3(f). Purchase of firearms
You will need one permit for each pistol you wish to purchase. First time applicants will"...Granting of permit or identification card; fee; term; renewal; revocation. The application for the permit to purchase a handgun together with a fee of $2.00, or the application for the firearms
purchaser identification card together with a fee of $5.00"
2C:58-3(e). Applications5. How long does it take to process my application? State statutes mandate that a New"...provided that an applicant for a handgun purchase permit who possesses a valid firearms purchaser identification card, or who has previously obtained a handgun purchase permit from the same licensing authority for which he was previously fingerprinted,
and who provides other reasonably satisfactory proof of his
identity, need not be fingerprinted again..."
2C:58-3(f). Purchase of firearmsSome municipalities take months to process applications. This is an illegal process"...the licensing authority who shall investigate the same and, unless good cause for the denial thereof appears, shall grant the permit or the identification card, or both, if application has been made therefor, within 30 days from the date of receipt of the application for residents of this State and within 45 days for nonresident applicants. A permit to purchase a handgun shall be valid for a period of 90 days from the date of issuance and may be renewed by the issuing authority for good cause for an additional 90 days.
1. "Your Prints haven't come back from the FBI"
2. "Your references haven't replied yet"
3. "The investigation is still in progress"
4. "The chief has been out (sick, busy, etc.)
5. "We just don't have the manpower to devote to these things"
6. "We have priorities that take precedence over gun permits."
7. "We are working on a new form of questions"
8. "We just switched persons (departments, offices, record keeping
personnel, etc.) who handle these.
9. "Why does a woman (black man, senior citizen, handicapped person, nice
person like you, etc.) need a gun anyway?"
10. "We don't just give anybody gun permits"
there is no substitute for a qualified attorney. There are
attorneys listed on the njguns.com page should you need one.
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