New Jersey defines all non-powder guns as firearms, subjecting these guns to all regulations and restrictions applicable to firearms.1 To obtain a BB or pellet handgun, a person must obtain a permit to purchase a handgun.

The state prohibits the knowing possession of a handgun in any place other than one’s own property or place of business without a permit to carry if the handgun is an air gun, spring gun or pistol or other similar weapon 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 ejects a bullet or missile smaller than three-eighths of an inch in diameter, with sufficient force to injure a person.2

See our Non-Powder Guns policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:39-1f defines firearm to include “without limitation, any…air 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.” ⤴︎
  2. N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 2C:39-5b, 2C:39-6e. ⤴︎