Transporting a Firearm Into / Through the State of New Jersey
All firearms transported into the State of New Jersey:
Shall be carried unloaded and contained in a closed and
fastened case, gunbox, securely tied package, or locked
in the trunk of the automobile in which it is being transported,
and in the course of travel, shall include only such deviations
as are reasonably necessary under the circumstances.
The firearm should not be directly accessible from the
passenger compartment of the vehicle. If the vehicle does
not have a compartment separate from the passenger compartment,
the firearm and ammunition must be in a locked container
other than the vehicle's glove compartment or console.
For additional exemptions refer to Chapter
39, namely 2C:39-6g.
All firearms transported through the State of New Jersey:
The following guidelines are provided in order to assist law
enforcement officers in applying New Jersey's firearms laws to
persons who are transporting firearms through the State
of New Jersey.
- New Jersey laws governing firearms permits, purchaser identification
cards, registration and licenses do not apply to a person
who is transporting the firearm through this State if that
person is transporting the firearm in a manner permitted by
federal law, 18 U.S.C.A.
- This federal law permitting interstate transportation of
a firearm applies only if all of the following requirements
- The person's possession of the firearm was lawful in
the state in which the journey began;
- The person's possession of the firearm will be lawful
in the state in which the journey will end;
- The person is transporting the firearm for lawful purpose
- The firearm is unloaded
- The firearm is not directly accessible from the passenger
compartment of the vehicle
- The ammunition is not directly accessible from the
passenger compartment of the vehicle
- If the vehicle does not have a compartment separate
from the passenger compartment, the firearm and ammunition
must be in a locked container other than the vehicle's
glove compartment or console;
- The person is not
- a convicted felon
- a fugitive from justice an addict or unlawful
user of drugs, or
- an illegal alien
- The person has not
- been adjudicated to be a mental defective
- been committed to a mental institution
- been dishonorably discharged from the armed forces,
- renounced his United States Citizenship
- A person who is transporting a firearm though the State
of New Jersey in the manner permitted by person's possession
18 U.S.C.A. 926A, see Section II above, need not give
- Procedures for Investigation of Conduct Involving the Possession
or Transportation of Firearms
- An officer who reasonably suspects that a person is
transporting a firearm in violation of New Jersey law
should make reasonable inquiries in order to confirm
or dispel that suspicion.
- In a case where circumstances reasonably indicate that the person's possession and transportation of the firearms my be permitted by 18 U.S.C.A. 926A, the officer should make reasonable inquiries in order to determine whether the person's possession is permitted by that federal law.
- If reasonable inquiries lead an officer to conclude
that the person's possession is lawful under either
New Jersey law or 18 U.S.C.A. 926A, as described
above in Section II, the officer should promptly allow
the person to proceed.
- Whenever an officer has probable cause to believe that
a person's possession of a firearm is in violation of
New Jersey law and not permitted by 18 U.S.C.A. 926A, as described above in Section II, then the officer
should make an arrest.