New Jersey has some of the strongest gun laws in the country, earning an A in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. New Jersey was the first state to comprehensively regulate untraceable and undetectable firearms, or “ghost guns”, and is a leader on many other gun safety policies. In 2017, New Jersey had the sixth-lowest gun death rate in the country and the nation’s lowest crime gun export rate. To further strengthen New Jersey’s gun laws, legislators could increase funding to proven community violence intervention programs and require firearms to be stored safely when not in use.

  • Firearm purchaser licensing with background check

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Firearm prohibition for domestic abusers

  • Gun dealer and employee licensing

  • Handgun purchases limited to one per person per month

  • Waiting period for handguns

  • Assault weapon and large capacity magazine ban

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • State collection and maintenance of handgun sale records

  • Open carry restrictions

  • 50 caliber rifle ban

  • Handgun design safety standards