Carrying at a Sporting Event: What You Need to Know | New Jersey

The following is a video transcript.

Carrying at Sporting Events

Today, I’d like to talk to you about possessing firearms or carrying firearms in educational institutions and/or at sporting events—particularly sporting events at an educational institution (or even those not at an educational institution). If you do not have a carry license—particularly for a handgun—then the only way you can even possess a handgun is by way of exemption, and exemptions are very narrow. They cover you in your home or going to the target range, etc. So, if you intend to carry a handgun outside those exemptions and you do not have a carry license, you are illegally carrying.

Carrying on School Grounds

Even if you have a carry license, New Jersey still prohibits you from carrying a firearm on school or institutional grounds or buildings, including colleges and universities. If you’re going to carry, you need permission in advance from the official in charge of that institution’s written authorization. The only exception, of course, is law enforcement; they are exempt from that.

So, you cannot have any firearm (including long guns) in school buildings or on school grounds, even if you have a firearms ID card, which most New Jersians have. Even with the ID card, it does not allow you to be on school grounds or in school buildings. So, given how strict New Jersey is, if you have a firearm on school grounds without having that permission, it is a crime of the third degree. You’re looking at up to five years in state prison for doing that.

If you have any further questions about possession or carrying firearms in schools or at sporting events, call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak with your Independent Program Attorney.

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