Gun Safety

Free Locks for your Firearms are available at the Fanwood Police Department.

Visit Be Smart for Gun Safety Information. 


Firearms Purchases

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 or call (908) 322-5000 ext. 507. 

Additional firearms information is available at the NJ State Police web site .

Firearms Application Process and Requirements

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.


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.



Please refer to the NJ State Police Firearms website for all forms and further information.

All questions can  be answered by going to


The Fanwood Police Department ORI number is : NJ0200500