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Legality of bringing a rifle from NY to NJ to shoot?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by AlexI, Jul 9, 2004.

  1. AlexI

    AlexI Well-Known Member

    A question for those familiar with NJ law - is it OK for me (I live in NY) to drive with my rifle (locked in the trank of my car) to a range in NJ?
    I was invited by a coworker in NJ to shoot his handguns (I don't yet have NYC pistol license, so only own rifles). I would like to bring a rifle or two along, but only if it doesn't mean risking trouble with the law in NJ...

    Also, what about transit through NJ with a rifle in my car? I mean, if I have to cross NJ on the way to upstate NY, or PA?

    I would really appreciate an advice on these situations!

  2. davec

    davec Well-Known Member


  3. WT

    WT Well-Known Member

    No problem provided it isn't on the NJ assault rifle listing.
  4. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

    Beware other NJ gotchas:

    -No hollowpoints (There are exceptions, but why need a lawyer?)
    -No mags > 15 rounds (they can be blocked to <= 15 rounds)
    -They've got a "directly to or from an approved place" clause, meaning don't stop off @ aunt Millies. "reasonable AND necessary" stops are OK. (gas, food, etc)

    And don't forget to fail to give consent to any searches. Keep Evan Nappen's # in your wallet whenever in NJ with a firearm. http://www.evannappen.com
  5. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Well-Known Member

    Of course the federal 1986 Firearm Owners Protection Act trumps NJ state law and allows you to carry your firearms from any location where they are legal to any other location where they are legal, even if travelling through states like NJ.

    For some reason, NJ fails to follow this law on occassion.
  6. Gusgus

    Gusgus Well-Known Member

    Sorry Geek with a .45, but the part about blocking them is no longer true. According to a ruling last year, blocked mags are now illegal.

    BTW, I hope to be joining you fine folk on the other side of the river, sometime in the not so distant future.
  7. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus


    Got the citation on the ruling?

    The last I heard, they shot themselves in the foot by trying to pass a regulatory measure clarifying that blockages had to be permement, which failed, and therefore brought into judicial notice the fact that temporarilly blocked mags were acceptable.

    Nappen doesn't have anything on his site, and he's usually on top of this sort of thing.


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