January 27, 2013, 12:35 PM
Is it mandatory to have on ones person a permit for a pistol that you are transporting,within the state of New Jersey?And can the permit be copied to a smaller size as to fit in a wallet?
January 27, 2013, 12:58 PM
No, it is not necessary. The permit is a permit to purchase (and a form of voluntary registration - read the form), but it is NOT a permit to own.
Be careful though, most people, cops included, have little real understanding of the convoluted and confusing NJ gun laws. Many will tell you that the permit should be kept in the box in which you transport the handgun. It's not required, but it might make some random state trooper less likely to harass you should it ever be an issue. Honestly, though, keep your guns in the trunk and out of sight, and only have it in the car on the way to the range, etc. etc. NJ is horrid re: gun laws.
Do yourself a favor - buy this, and read it: http://www.evannappen.com/gun-law-books.html
You should, however, keep your Firearms ID card on you at all times, because most gun stores won't let you fondle the wares without it. And you need it to buy handgun ammo. It's also required to have pretty much any gun in your possession. God bless America.
Here's a good start to NJ gun laws: http://njgunforums.com/forum/index.php?/topic/29389-nj-law-summary-read-first-nj-gun-law-faqs/
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