Free Locks for your Firearms are available at the Fanwood Police Department.
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In order to obtain a firearm, you must meet eligibility requirements and comply with the statutes which govern firearms purchases in the State of New Jersey.
All firearms applications for residents of Fanwood are handled through the Police Department. If you need guidance with the application process or have questions, please email Officer Elliott Bernard at Ebernard@fanwoodpolice.org or call (908) 322-5000 ext. 507.
Additional firearms information is available at the NJ State Police web site .
The process begins with making application for a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and along the way, requires you to submit to a background investigation by both state and federal agencies, supply references, be fingerprinted, and consent to a mental health records check.
There are two types of purchase permits in New Jersey—the Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and the Permit to Purchase a Handgun. If this is your first time buying a firearm, you will need to apply for both but this is accomplished using the same application form (Form STS-33).
Applicants should anticipate the process taking approximately thirty days from the date of receipt of the application. Incomplete or missing information may delay the process, as will the failure of your references to respond in a timely manner.
Links to the requisite application forms are available at the bottom of this page. It is strongly suggested that you complete your applications online, then print and sign. This will avoid delays due to illegible handwriting.
If application is for a name change or address change on a Firearms ID card, proof of new name or address will be required.
A permit to carry is required for any handgun—concealed or not—and it must be renewed every 2 years. Only one permit needs to be obtained for all such handguns.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and Permit to Purchase a Handgun, you must also:
Issuance of this permit is almost completely discretionary and New Jersey has a policy of strictly limiting permits to “persons specifically employed in security work…and to others who can establish an urgent necessity for carrying guns for self-protection.”
All applicants are encouraged to complete a Voluntary Form of Firearms Registration which will be provided to the New Jersey State Police and retained by the Fanwood Police Department.
To view these forms, you will need the freely available Adobe Reader software installed on your computer, version 4 or higher.
These are “fillable forms” and may be filled out on your computer. Please note that a fillable form isn’t the same as electronic filing and it is not possible to electronically submit a form—you must print it out after entering the information.
Note: Form SBI 212A (Request for Criminal History Record Information) must be submitted to the State Police using the original yellow form. For this reason, we are unable to make it available for download.