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Firearm Laws

The Ridgewood Police Department is not authorized to provide legal advice to private parties.


For informational purposes only, New Jersey firearm laws and procedures may be derived from state and federal statutes, state and federal administrative codes, New Jersey Attorney General guidelines and case law. Please note that this information and these references may not be exhaustive in addressing your issue.


The state criminal statutes sections that pertain to firearms can be found in New Jersey Title 2C, Chapter 39. Firearms, Other Dangerous Weapons and Instruments of Crime (N.J.S. 2C:39-1 et seq.) and Chapter 58.

 Licensing and Other Provisions Relating to Firearms (N.J.S. 2C:58-1 et seq.).

 The state administrative codes sections that pertain to firearms can be found in New Jersey Administrative Code Title 13, Chapter 54. Firearms and Weapons (N.J.A.C. 13:54-1 et seq.).

On August 19, 1996, the New Jersey State Attorney General issued guidelines regarding the "Substantially Identical" provision in the State's assault firearms laws, N.J.S. 2C:39-1w(2). These guidelines define, in addition to the firearms specifically enumerated as assault firearms in N.J.S. 2C:39-1w(1), those firearms which are manufactured under any designation which are also classified as assault firearms.

 Because the Ridgewood Police Department is not authorized to provide legal advice to private parties, you may wish to consult with independent legal counsel or conduct your own research.


 Again, please note that this information and these references may not be exhaustive in addressing your issue. As a courtesy, the Ridgewood Police Department has provided to you with links to the New Jersey legislature website to Chapters 39 and 58 of New Jersey Title 2C. Additionally, copies of the New Jersey Administrative Code Title 13, Chapter 54 , and the New Jersey State Attorney General guidelines regarding the "Substantially Identical" provision in the State's assault firearms laws are being provided to you.

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