When Church and State Collide: Can You Carry In a New Jersey Dual Purpose Facility?

Let’s talk about dual purpose facilities that include both an educational facility and a house of worship. Can you carry your gun in that facility? Are you able to defend yourself there?

The answer is no, not in New Jersey.


New Jersey is a state with a population of over 10 million people; yet, there are less than 600 “civilian” permits to carry a handgun. In essence, New Jersey prevents law-abiding citizens from defending themselves with a firearm outside of their homes.

Without a handgun permit, regardless of whether you have permission from the school authorities, merely possessing an unloaded and cased firearm at an educational facility is a felony level offense.

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If you are one of the few with a permit to carry a handgun, you must possess express written permission from the school authorities to carry there.

If you have any more questions about dual purpose facilities or anything else, please contact U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to your Independent Program Attorney.

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4 comments on “When Church and State Collide: Can You Carry In a New Jersey Dual Purpose Facility?

  1. NJ where Criminals rule. How dare you infringe on a Criminals Rights to kill assault or attack.

  2. I wish organizations like TLS would put more legal pressure on NJ to change their laws.

  3. Since the left in our state want their interpretation of ” separation of church and state” to be the prevailing mindset for the state, then the state should have no business interfering with how we church goers choose to protect and defend our houses of worship. Just something to think about.

  4. NJ is one of the worst States for firearms owners TLS and the NRA need to be more pro-active

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