Gun Law Basics in New Jersey 

It is important for gun owners to be aware of some of the basic laws concerning the possession and carry of firearms in the State of New Jersey. 

A recent Appellate Division case reviewed some of these fundamentals:

      If you are not a NJ resident, but simply travelling through the state, your firearms have to be transported under Federal Law. This law requires that “the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible from the passenger compartment,” i.e. secured in the trunk of the vehicle. If there is no trunk, as in SUV’s, then the firearm must be stored in a locked container situated in the rear of the vehicle.

      For a NJ resident, you can transport your gun to and from your residence to another residence or place of business, as long as the weapon is unloaded and locked in the trunk or again stored in a secure, locked case or gun box.

      Magazines for semi-automatic handguns are limited to 15 rounds.

      Hollow point bullets are legal to possess, as long as they are stored at home, or used at a firing range.

State vs. Reninger, 2013 WL 2149760 (NJ Super AD)

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