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Possession of a firearm is presumed unlawful, unless you can demonstrate that your possession falls under one of a complex series of exemptions. Handguns require a carry permit (impossible to get) or you have to prove an exemption (i.e. transporting the handgun from my house to the range in a locked container with the ammunition separate), Long guns require a FID. Unlawful possessions gets you 10 years in prison.
I have no idea where you got these impressions but they are total wrong.
NJ Law said:2C:39-5. Unlawful Possession of Weapons.
a.Machine guns. Any person who knowingly has in his possession a machine gun or any instrument or device adaptable for use as a machine gun, without being licensed to do so as provided in N.J.S.2C:58-5, is guilty of a crime of the third degree.
b.Handguns. Any person who knowingly has in his possession any handgun, including any antique handgun without first having obtained a permit to carry the same as provided in N.J.S.2C:58-4, is guilty of a crime of the third degree if the handgun is in the nature of an air gun, spring gun or pistol or other weapon of a similar nature in which the propelling force is a spring, elastic band, carbon dioxide, compressed or other gas or vapor, air or compressed air, or is ignited by compressed air, and ejecting a bullet or missile smaller than three-eighths of an inch in diameter, with sufficient force to injure a person. Otherwise it is a crime of the second degree.
c.Rifles and shotguns. (1) Any person who knowingly has in his possession any rifle or shotgun without having first obtained a firearms purchaser identification card in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.2C:58-3, is guilty of a crime of the third degree.
(2)Unless otherwise permitted by law, any person who knowingly has in his possession any loaded rifle or shotgun is guilty of a crime of the third degree.
d.Other weapons. Any person who knowingly has in his possession any other weapon under circumstances not manifestly appropriate for such lawful uses as it may have is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.
Hey im moving to jersey from NC. i bought a gun here and i want to know what i have to do to have it in jersey. do i have to register it or what? someone please let me know..thanx.