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New Jersey does not explicitly limit locations where a person may carry a firearm. The state generally prohibits the open carrying of firearms without a permit to carry a handgun or Firearm Purchaser Identification Card. Individuals may not carry a handgun concealed without a permit.

Notwithstanding these state restrictions, New Jersey allows any person to keep or carry a firearm in his or her place of business, residence, or other land owned or possessed by him or her.1 The state also permits carrying a firearm to or from these locations or to or from a place of purchase or repair.2

New Jersey has no statutes prohibiting the possession of firearms with a proper permit in the following locations, although administrative regulations may apply:

  • Parks;
  • Hospitals;
  • Places of worship;
  • Bars or restaurants where alcohol is served;
  • Sports arenas;
  • Gambling facilities; or
  • Polling places.


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  1. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:39-6e.[]
  2. Id.[]