How to Sell a Gun in New Jersey

A comprehensive guide

To legally sell a firearm in New Jersey, it's essential to be well-versed in both state and federal laws to guarantee a lawful and seamless sale. This knowledge is vital whether you've been a firearm owner for years or have newly acquired a gun through inheritance. Understanding your legal responsibilities and available options is key to ensuring a compliant transaction.

Options for Selling a Gun in New Jersey

There are numerous options available when considering the sale of firearms in the state of New Jersey.

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Sell your gun to a local dealer

Sell to a Local Dealer

Licensed dealers can handle all aspects of the sale, ensuring compliance with all state and federal laws.

Sell your gun through a private collection

Sell Through a Private Transaction

Direct sales to another individual are permitted, but come with specific legal responsibilities, both for the state of New Jersey and federally.

State Laws for Selling a Gun in New Jersey

New Jersey law restricts the ownership of certain semi-automatic and other firearms. A complete list of banned firearms can be found in N.J.S. 2C:39-1.w as well as N.J.A.C. 13:54-1.2.

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New Jersey ID Requirements

Identification Requirements

In New Jersey, anyone seeking to purchase firearms is required to obtain a lifetime Firearm Purchaser Identification Card, commonly referred to as FPIC, for the purchase of rifles and shotguns. To purchase a handgun, a separate permit is needed from the local Chief of Police. Identification is required.

New Jersey Waiting Periods

Waiting Periods

New Jersey has a seven-day waiting period for handgun sales. This means that a valid permit is required before buying a handgun, and seven days must have passed since the permit application date. Note that the wait period to obtain a permit can be much longer (as long as 30 days).

Age Requirements in New Jersey

Age requirements

New Jersey the age requirements for purchasing firearms are 21 for handguns; 18 for rifles and shotguns.

Background Checks in New Jersey

Background Checks in Private Sales

In New Jersey, handgun buyers need a permit for each handgun purchase while a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card (FPIC) is required for unlimited rifle and shotgun purchases per N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:58-3a, assuming ongoing eligibility. Both handgun permits and FPICs necessitate state and federal background checks. Private firearm sales must go through a licensed dealer, except for transactions among immediate family members, law enforcement officers, or licensed collectors. Certain temporary private transfers are also exempt from this rule.

Ineligible Persons in New Jersey

Ineligible Persons

N.J.S. § 2C:39-7 lists certain persons who are not permitted to possess weapons or ammunition in the state of New Jersey.

This generally includes:

  • Persons convicted of specific violent crimes
  • Persons ever committed for a mental disorder to any hospital, mental institution, or sanitarium, unless they have a certificate or proof showing no longer suffering from a disorder that interferes with handling firearms
  • Persons convicted of stalking (P.L.1992, c.209) or crimes involving domestic violence (P.L.1991, c.261)
  • Persons subject to a court order prohibiting the possession of firearms issued under the "Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991" (P.L.1991, c.261) or the "Extreme Risk Protective Order Act of 2018"
  • Persons convicted in another state, territory, commonwealth, or jurisdiction of crimes comparable to the items outlined above

New Jersey Residents Must Follow Federal Laws for Private Transactions

Federal law requires that the buyer of a firearm must be legally eligible to own a gun.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) provides guidelines for these transactions.

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From there you can individually submit the firearms in your collection. This process includes answering a few short questions about each firearm in your collection and uploading a couple photos. We will send you an official offer on your firearms within 24 business hours. You will then have two weeks to decide if our offers are right for you! If you accept our offers, will provide you with a series of pre-paid shipping labels, which you can use to ship us your gun collection. Once received, we will notify you that you're ready for payment. We will then send you a paper check or ACH direct deposit (your choice). The entire process can take about a week from start to finish. Imagine having your entire collection sold and cash in hand in a week!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this legal?

    Yes. We are a federally licensed firearms dealer located in the state of Indiana. You, the seller, are covered under our license just as you would be if you walked into our store. There are no laws preventing you from selling your firearm to us.

  • How long are offers good for?

    Offers are valid for 14 days.

  • Can I sell multiple firearms?

    Absolutely! Once firearm information has been submitted, you will have the ability to submit additional firearms for review and offers. These firearms will be viewable from your user panel, which you access from your initial offer email.

  • How do I get paid?

    We will either send you a check, or we will issue the funds via a secure ACH direct deposit. During the offer approval process, you will tell us which method of payment you prefer.


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