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New Jersey’s ghost gun law was enacted in 2018 and further strengthened in 2019. The law:

  • Prohibits the purchase or acquisition of parts, including unserialized frames or receivers, “from which a firearm without a serial number may be readily manufactured or otherwise assembled.”1
  • Prohibits using a 3D printer to produce a firearm or firearm components, including a receiver or magazine, unless the acquirer is registered or licensed by the state as a firearm manufacturer or dealer.2
  • Prohibits the distribution of computer code capable of manufacturing firearms and firearm components using a 3D printer to anyone but a manufacturer licensed under state law.3
  • Expands the federal prohibition on undetectable firearms, requiring that the major components of a firearm must be detectable by security screening devices.4

In 2019, New Jersey strengthened its ghost gun law by making it a crime to knowingly possess, or to transfer, ship, sell or dispose of, a firearm manufactured or otherwise assembled using a firearm frame or firearm that is not imprinted with a serial number registered with a federally licensed manufacturer.5


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  1. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:39-9(k).[]
  2. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:39-9(l)(1).[]
  3. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:39-9(l)(2).[]
  4. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:39-1(ii); id. § 2C:39-9(m).[]
  5. N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 2C:39-3(n); 2C:39-9(n).[]