Traveling State Spotlight: New Jersey

The following is a video transcript.


Having practiced gun law in New Jersey for over 30 years, let me give you some advice if you are planning to come to New Jersey with a firearm: Don’t come to New Jersey. It’s that simple.

If you bring your gun to Jersey, you’re asking for trouble. New Jersey has no regard for the Second Amendment and has no regard for your rights. If you have a firearm and you can avoid going through New Jersey, just drive around.


If you do come to Jersey with a firearm, be aware that you are vulnerable to being arrested and charged with serious possessory offenses. Possession of a handgun is a second-degree felony in New Jersey, with a minimum mandatory sentence of three and a half years in prison and up to a maximum of ten years in prison, with no chance of parole. The judge has no discretion and will have to impose at least three and a half years as a sentence.


It doesn’t matter that you have a carry license from another state, because New Jersey does not recognize carry licenses from any other states. New Jersey will turn you into a criminal, and there are many people that have had their lives destroyed over New Jersey gun law, so beware.


If you still insist on coming into Jersey with a firearm, then you better make sure you are covered and in conformance with 18 U.S.C. § 926A of the federal law, Interstate Transportation of Firearms.

To be in compliance with that law, you must be traveling from a place where you may lawfully possess and carry a firearm to an end destination where you may lawfully possess and carry a firearm. The firearm must be unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported can be readily or directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such vehicle.

In the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment, the firearm or ammunition must be in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console. The ammunition and firearm must be stored separately.


If you’re going through New Jersey with a firearm, it is extraordinarily dangerous, so avoid New Jersey if you can.

If you have any questions regarding traveling in or through New Jersey, please call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to an Independent Program Attorney.


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75 comments on “Traveling State Spotlight: New Jersey

  1. I live in Easton, Pennsylvania, on the New Jersey border. Major interstate highways cross the border here, including I-78, I-80, and US-22. I often hear horror stories of unfair NJ gun law enforcement. We used to cross to buy less expensive gasoline in Phillipsburg, NJ, 100 feet from the Northampton Street bridge from Easton. No more! NJ does not like knives too. Many NJ residents come to PA for major gun shows, often trying to avoid the NJ gun laws. They endanger PA gun dealers. They try straw purchases, but the shows are swarming with BATF and police officers trying to catch them.

    I pity my friends residing in NJ.

  2. New Jersey sucks …Will never ever travel there 👎🏾

  3. I refer to N J as a communist state ,when I was 18 years old there was never a problem,now 60 years later it is a joke ,I live in Pa now ,

  4. thanks for the advice, personally never been there but from what I’ve heard it’s the cesspool of NYC. another state that should have an earthquake and float away. no desire to go there.

  5. That means that only criminals have guns…
    The best thing to EVER come out of NJ is I-95 south!

  6. There is much you have forgotten:

    1) Hollow point ammo is illegal as well. Even if you are another state’s law enforcement officer, you will be arrested and charged for possession of this ammo. These F’s have arrested off duty PA fng TROOPERS.
    2) Possession of a BB gun. That’s right, an fng BB gun, is a felony in your car.

  7. I have no desire to go there and will never do it on purpose. I feel sorry for New Jersey gun owners and all N.J. Republicans in general.

  8. Excellent and relevant information. My family and I also used to live in New Jersey and it was terrible for a sport shooter or gun enthusiast. We now live in North Carolina. What a difference! I carry full time now – driving, walking, riding a bicycle, driving a motorcycle, while on my boat, etc. I now feel safe and able to protect myself which I hope I never have to do, but can do if needed…

  9. How is this even remotely possible since any law passed that is aberrant to the Constitution should legally be rendered null and void

  10. I was born in PA but grew up in New Jermany.
    When i was a kid we would go to the recreation center on Friday evenings and shoot 22 competition. It was an NRA affiliated club run by a kid loving / gun loving local cop. My dad had a 22 bolt action with scope and
    we would go down to the beach and shoot cans and bottles off the pilings into the ocean. We also had a pistol. It was a different state then. We were safe on the streets.
    Some years later when my dad was in the hospital, a town cop walked right into his house and stole his rifle!

    Today NJ has 4 of the top 20 most violent crime cities in the USA.

    I now live in FL, am a firearms instructor, and one of the more
    than 2 million FL residents with a carry permit (we lead the nation).
    I went back to NJ twice in the last 20 years. My mom’s funeral, then
    my dad’s.

  11. I left NJ 10 years ago, (charged an exit tax to leave). Its a police state and very unsafe. The lawless still have all the firearms they need.
    I couldn’t stand the leftwing government, even with a Republican in office.
    The state is infected and it will spread. It’s nothing short of subversion of freedom.

  12. if we can’t go to NJ with a firearm. does that apply to someone of importance that has bodyguards that have firearms. or does it only apply to us little people.

  13. I am a Dallas Texas Resident and Happy Safe Gun Owner I Was Born In New Jersey My Mother And Sister lives Still live There, my wife and i ware planing to drive to New Jersey wow I was about to make the Biggest mistake But thanks To Texas Law Shield Having this Info. Saves me 3-10Years In Prison LOVE YOU GUYS TEXAS LAW SHIELD You are AWESOME🙏🏽💪🏽

  14. I used to shoot a lot of trap and sporting clays in S. Jersey, even took lessons there. I wonder what the law says about going to competitions such as these? I would never even consider carrying a handgun there! George

  15. I was stationed at an ARMY post in New Jersey several years ago. The post police were federal. They kept files on my guns which I collected before going home to Texas. I was aware that BB and pellet guns were restricted using the same laws as other gun purchases. I do not understand why Constitutional rights are under such restrictive laws. To legally purchase a bb gun (for a Christmas gift) there were too many hurdles to jump. I have no intention to ever go back there.

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