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New Jersey prohibits the delivery of a handgun by any retail firearms dealer to any person unless the person possesses a valid permit to purchase a handgun and at least seven days have elapsed since the date of application for the permit.1 Since each permit to purchase a handgun is valid for only one handgun purchase, this effectively creates a seven-day waiting period for all handgun sales.2 The waiting period to obtain the permit itself can be as long as 30 days (45 days for non-residents) while the permit application is processed.3

New Jersey has no waiting period for the transfer of long guns.


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  1. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:58-2a(5)(a).[]
  2. Id.[]
  3. N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:58-3f.[]