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Spring Cleaning: Private Firearm Sales in New Jersey

Can you sell a firearm privately to an individual in New Jersey? The answer is no.


Under the new law signed by Governor Murphy, private sales have been eliminated and prohibited in New Jersey. The only private sales that are allowed are very narrow: to immediate family members. Even if you’re selling to an immediate family member, all paperwork has to be done, meaning a Pistol Purchase Permit for handguns, or Certificates of Eligibility with a Firearm ID card for long arms. If it’s not with an immediate family member, no private sales are permitted at all.


If you want to make a sale of a firearm to any person, it has to go through a licensed dealer, and that licensed dealer will take the firearm in and will do the entire process of booking the firearm, doing all the paperwork, running the NICS check and, of course, will charge an additional fee. This makes the price of firearms even more expensive.

That is what has happened in New Jersey, because to do the transfers through the dealer is yet another added cost, but it’s the only way to do it legally. Up until this new law, you were allowed to do private transfers with all proper licensing and permits. But that is no longer the case. It is prohibited and it is a felony level offense if you make a private sale without going through a dealer, unless it’s to immediate family members. So, beware and be careful.

If you have any other questions about private sales of firearms, feel free to call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak with your Independent Program Attorney.


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