Retired Officers Right to Carry
On April 8, 1997, Governor Christine Todd Whitman signed into law Assembly Bill 1762 enabling certain eligible retired New Jersey and federal law enforcement officers the right to carry handguns within the State of New Jersey. The Bill was codified in N.J.S.A. 2C:39-6.l.
On January 13, 2008, Governor Jon S. Corzine signed into law Assembly Bill 2158 which eliminated the six month filing requirement from the date of retirement, increased the age restriction from 70 to 75, changed the years of service for a full time law enforcement officer who retired due to a physical disability from five years to four years and now allows those who are a qualified retired law enforcement officer as used in the federal “Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004” and are domiciled in this State, to be eligible for the Retired Law Enforcement Officer Permit to Carry a Handgun. These amendments
to N.J.S.A. 2C:39-6.l became effective March 1, 2008.
The Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police has been given statutory responsibility for administering the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-6.l.
In addition to semiannual qualification with a handgun, the retired officer must be thoroughly familiar with N.J.S.A. 2C:3-1 et. seq. of the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice which codifies the justified use of deadly force by a civilian.
It should also be noted that, as civilians, retired officers cannot legally carry hollow-point ammunition or utilize high-capacity ammunition magazines (capable of holding more than 15 rounds of ammunition) in the handgun they are carrying.
The retired law enforcement officer permit to carry a handgun law was enacted to help make our streets and communities safer. To this end, it is of critical importance that all retired officers govern their use of deadly force with the same professionalism and good judgment demanded during their law-enforcement careers.
For A Retired Law Enforcement Officer's Permit To Carry A Handgun
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Retired police officers may download an application for their permit to carry a handgun and Consent For Mental Health Records Search Form from this web site, or obtain them at any State Police station. Renewal applications must be filed annually and are also available for download, or at any State Police station.
(Complete Part 1 only of form SP-232 (Fillable PDF-13kb)
**DO NOT have Part 2 of form SP-232 filled out prior to your submission. The Firearms Investigation Unit will mail form SP-232 Part 2 to your former employer for proper verification.**
- The four digit municipal code of the NJ municipality where you reside
must be entered in block #9.
- Your State Bureau of Identification number (SBI) must be entered in block # 15. If you don't have a SBI number, you must contact the Firearms Investigation Unit for instructions on Live Scan Fingerprinting Procedures.
In addition to the initial application, the following must accompany the initial application:
- Consent For Mental Health Records Search Form, S.P. 66 (Rev. 01/15). Complete Part One ONLY. Sign the form and have any adult sign as a witness. Print "New Jersey State Police – F.I.U./ RPO" in the appropriate space for the Investigating Police Department. Parts 2 & 3 MUST be left blank.
- Retired law enforcement officer firearms training record. This is a specific qualification course and only forms provided by an approved firearms instructor will be accepted (All firearms instructors must be registered with the Firearms Investigation Unit, before they qualify retired law enforcement officers). For all initial applicants, a firearms training record will only be accepted no earlier than three months prior to filing the application. A retired law enforcement officer must qualify twice per calendar year, minimum three months apart, as per the New Jersey Attorney General's guidelines. The applicant must submit a new firearms training record after each qualification. Insert your State Bureau of Identification number on the lower right hand corner of the firearms training record.
- Three passport style color photographs. Applicants must
be photographed in civilian attire only, without wearing a hat or sunglasses. NO EXCEPTIONS. (Photographs must be “passport style,” 2 inch x 2 inch with a light background and labeled with name and social security number of the applicant on the back of each photograph).
- Application Fee - $50.00 (Annually). Payable to "Superintendent of State Police" in the form of a personal check or money order.
- State Fingerprint Fee - $51.00 (If Applicable), plus tax. Fee includes required $10.00 flag fee. Fingerprint requirements apply only to applicants who have not been previously fingerprinted by a New Jersey law enforcement agency for any firearm related permit or license. Applicants requiring fingerprinting must contact the Firearms Investigation Unit for Instructions on Live Scan Fingerprinting Procedures.
- Flag Fee - $10.00. Payable to "Division of State Police- SBI" in the form of money order only. Applicants who are not required to be fingerprint shall only pay the $10.00 flag fee.
- Do not submit an initial application prior to two (2) months before the anticipated date of retirement. Submitted applications will not be accepted or processed and will be returned to the applicant.
Complete Part 1 only of form SP-232A (Fillable
- The four digit municipal code of the NJ municipality where you reside must be entered in block #8.
- Your State Bureau of Identification number (SBI) must be entered in block # 13.
In addition to the renewal application, the following must accompany the renewal application:
- Complete Part One ONLY of a Consent For Mental Health Records
Search, form S.P.
66 (Rev. 01/15) & submit with application. Sign the form and have any adult sign as a witness. Investigating Police Dept., print “New Jersey State Police, F.I.U. / RPO” Parts 2 & 3 MUST be left blank.
- Applicant must be current with the required retired law enforcement firearms training record requirement. Applicants who are not in compliance with the requirement will not be allowed to renew their carrying permit until such time that they demonstrate compliance with the requirement explained in the initial application process above.
- Submit three (3) passport type photographs. Applicants must
be photographed in civilian attire only, without wearing a hat or sunglasses. NO EXCEPTIONS. (Photographs must be “passport style,” 2 inch x 2 inch with a light background and labeled with name and social security number on the back of each photograph). This is a yearly requirement as per
N.J.A.C. 13:54-7.1(a). This requirement may be waived at the discretion of the Superintendent.
- Application Fee (Annually)... $50.00.. Payable to "Superintendent of State Police" Payable by personal check or money order.
- In order to ensure that your renewal application is processed in a timely manner, it is recommended the application be submitted no earlier or later than three (3) months prior to the expiration date of your current permit.
MAIL ALL DOCUMENTS
NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE
FIREARMS INVESTIGATION UNIT - RPO
P.O. BOX 7068
WEST TRENTON, NJ 08628
The New Jersey State Police Firearms Investigation Unit
may also be contacted by telephone or facsimile:
609-882-2000, extension 2060 (main telephone number)
609-882-2000, extension 6612, 2063 or 2064 (RPO telephone numbers)
Facsimile: 609-406-9826 (Main fax number)
N.J.S.A. 2C:39 6.l
(Retired Law Enforcement Permit To Carry A Handgun Law)
Nothing in subsection b. of N.J.S. 2C:39 5 shall be construed to prevent a law enforcement officer who retired in good standing, including a retirement because of a disability pursuant to section 6 of P.L. 1944, c.255 (C.43:16A 6), section 7 of P.L. 1944, c.255 (C.43:16A 7), section 1 of P.L. 1989, c.103(C.43:16A 6.1) or any substantially similar statute governing the disability retirement of federal law enforcement officers, provided the officer was a regularly employed, full time law enforcement officer for an aggregate of four or more years prior to his disability retirement and further provided that the disability which constituted the basis for the officer’s retirement did not involve a certification that the officer was mentally incapacitated for the performance of his usual law enforcement duties and any other available duty in the department which his employer was willing to assign to him or does not subject that retired officer to any of the disabilities set forth in subsection c. of N.J.S. 2C:58 3 which would disqualify the retired officer from possessing or carrying a firearm, who semi annually qualifies in the use of the handgun he is permitted to carry in accordance with the requirements and procedures established by the Attorney General pursuant to subsection j. of this section and pays the actual costs associated with those semi annual qualifications, who is 75 years of age or younger, and who was regularly employed as a full time member of the State Police; a full time member of an interstate police force; a full time member of a county or municipal police department in this State; a full time member of a State law enforcement agency; a full time sheriff, undersheriff or sheriff’s officer of a county of this State; a full time State or county corrections officer; a full time county park police officer; a full time county prosecutor’s detective or investigator; a full time federal law enforcement officer; or is a qualified retired law enforcement officer, as used in the federal "Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004," Pub .L. 108 277, domiciled in this State from carrying a handgun in the same manner as law enforcement officers exempted under paragraph (7) of subsection a. of this section under the conditions provided herein:
- The retired law enforcement officer shall make application in writing to the Superintendent of State Police for approval to carry a handgun for one year. An application for annual renewal shall be submitted in the same manner.
- Upon receipt of the written application of the retired law enforcement officer, the superintendent shall request a verification of services from the chief law enforcement officer of the organization in which the retired officer was last regularly employed as a full time law enforcement officer prior to retiring. The verification of service shall include:
- The name and address of the retired officer;
- The date that the retired officer was hired and the date that the officer retired;
- A list of all handguns known to be registered to that officer;
- A statement that, to the reasonable knowledge of the chief law enforcement officer, the retired officer is not subject to any of the restrictions set forth in subsection c. of N.J.S. 2C:58 3; and
- A statement that the officer retired in good standing.
- If the superintendent approves a retired officer’s application or re application to carry a handgun pursuant to the provisions of this subsection, the superintendent shall notify in writing the chief law enforcement officer of the municipality wherein that retired officer resides. In the event the retired officer resides in a municipality which has no chief law enforcement officer or law enforcement agency, the superintendent shall maintain a record of the approval.
- The superintendent shall issue to an approved retired officer an identification card permitting the retired officer to carry a handgun pursuant to this subsection. This identification card shall be valid for one year from the date of issuance and shall be valid throughout the state. The identification card shall not be transferable to any other person. The identification card shall be carried at all times on the person of the retired officer while the retired officer is carrying a handgun. The retired officer shall produce the identification card for review on the demand of any law enforcement officer or authority.
- Any person aggrieved by the denial of the superintendent of approval for a permit to carry a handgun pursuant to this subsection may request a hearing in the Superior Court of New Jersey in the county in which he resides by filing a written request for such a hearing within 30 days of the denial. Copies of the request shall be served upon the superintendent and the county prosecutor. The hearing shall be held within 30 days of the filing of the request, and no formal pleading or filing fee shall be required. Appeals from the determination of such a hearing shall be in accordance with law and the rules governing the courts of this State.
- A judge of the Superior Court may revoke a retired officer’s privilege to carry a handgun pursuant to this subsection for good cause shown on the application of any interested person. A person who becomes subject to any of the disabilities set forth in subsection c. of N.J.S. 2C:58 3 shall surrender, as prescribed by the superintendent, his identification card issued under paragraph (4) of this subsection to the chief law enforcement officer of the municipality wherein he resides or the superintendent, and shall be permanently disqualified to carry a handgun under this subsection.
- The superintendent may charge a reasonable application fee to retired officers to offset any costs associated with administering the application process set forth in this subsection.
NJ SHOOTING RANGES - RPO
Atlantic County Range Facility
175 Betsy Scull Rd
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Mullica Hill Rifle & Pistol Club
111 Ward Ave
Audubon, NJ 08106
Police Association of South Jersey
41 East Broad Street
Berlin, NJ 08009
Bayside State Prison Pistol Range
4293 Delsea Drive
Leesburg, N. J. 08327
Hours of operation are:
M-F 6A - 2P
Call for appointment
The Bullet Hole Range
78 Rutgers Street
Belleville, NJ 07109
Store # 973-759-3968
Bobs Little Sport Shop
316 N. Delsea Drive
Glassboro, N. J. 08028
700 Crown Point Road
Thorofare, NJ 08086
Web Site: haguesrange.com
Instructor: Kharis F. Sepulveda
609-284-1234 or 609-702-9330
New Jersey Firearms Academy
174 Danforth Avenue
Jersey City, N. J. 07305
Instructor Lateif Dickerson
Qualifications by appointment only
Call 201-386-9451 or
apply on web www.njfirearms.com
Range instruction conducted at Schuetzen Park
3167 Kennedy Blvd.
North Bergen, N. J. 07047
Old Bridge Rifle & Pistol Club
PO Box 586
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
East Brunswick Police Training Facility
23 Harts Lane
East Brunswick, N J 08816
732-390-3250 or 3252
Monmouth County Rifle & Pistol Club
4570 Birdsall Road
(Mailing address - P.O. Box 2219
Farmingdale, N. J. 07727-2219)
Howell, N. J. 07731
By Appointment Only
Call Joe (732) 969-3752 or Steve (732) 826-9244
961 Route 10 E., Unit 2F
Randolph, New Jersey 07869
Peter Miscia - Instructor
Hours of operation:
Mon - Tues - Wed - Fri: 10a-8p
Thur: 10a-10p Sat: 10a-6p Sun: 10a
Shore Shot Pistol Range
730 Airport Road
Lakewood, N. J. 08701
Garden State Shooting Center
1955 Swarthmore Ave.
Lakewood, N.J. 08701
Call For RPO Qualification Current Schedule
Web Site: www.GardenStateShootingCenter.com
Paterson Pistol & Rifle Club
438 Main Street
Paterson, N. J. 07502
Marcos Feliz, Chief Instructor
Woodland Park Range
1267 McBride Ave.
Woodland Park NJ 07424
Every Tuesday 11:00am - 1:00pm
Every Wednesday 5:00pm - 8:00pm
No Appointment Needed
Anthony P. Colandro
NRA Master Training Counselor
Union County Rifle & Pistol Club
5 Stone Hill Road
Springfield, NJ 07081
Gunskills Training Group
Phillipsburg, N. J.
Robert Bajor, Instructor