NJ Firearm Purchaser Identification Card Applications

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    People across New Jersey have firearms for various reasons. Some people enjoy hunting, some are collectors, and others want a firearm for personal protection. Before buying a firearm, you need to have a firearm purchaser identification card (FID). Without this card, it is illegal for you to purchase a gun.

    Although we generally have the right to own firearms and other weapons, there are rigid restrictions on firearms in NJ. The state has a great interest in preventing guns from falling into the wrong hands, and that is where firearm purchaser identification cards come into play. These cards are only issued to people deemed fit to purchase a weapon.

    Applying for a firearm identification card may be a somewhat complicated process. Errors on applications could lead to being denied an FID. Contact our NJ attorneys for firearm purchaser identification card applications to get assistance. Call the Lombardo Law Group at (609) 445-4300 and ask for a free case review.

    How to Apply for a Firearm Purchaser Identification Card in NJ

    Applying for a firearm purchaser identification card is usually done online. While your local police department must be included in the application, there is often no need to set foot in a police station when applying for an FID. However, not every part of the application is a simple process.

    First, you need to contact your local police department and get an Originating Agency Identifier (ORI) number. This number is unique to your local police department. Firearm purchaser ID cards are typically issued by the chief of your local police department. However, applications are also made to the New Jersey State Police superintendent if you do not have a local police department. Talk to our NJ lawyers for firearm purchaser ID card applications if you are unsure whom to submit your application to.

    Once you have the correct ORI number, you also need to submit your fingerprints. These fingerprints might be run through law enforcement databases to determine if you have a criminal record. If you have never been fingerprinted before, you must arrange an appointment. Fingerprints can be submitted separately from your application, but they should be submitted close in time.

    You may also need to provide the names and contact information of character witnesses/references. These people might be contacted and asked about you when your application is reviewed. It is important to select people who will provide good recommendations. You must also get permission from these people before submitting their names.

    Penalties for Buying a Gun Without a Firearm Purchaser Identification Card in NJ

    There are several penalties for buying firearms without the proper authority. Under N.J.S.A. § 2C:39-5, anyone who knowingly possesses a rifle or shotgun without also having a firearm purchaser identification card may be guilty of a crime of the third degree. Such crimes may be punished by at least 3 to 5 years in state prison.

    Other weapons, like handguns or assault weapons, are licensed differently and require more than just an FID card. These weapons often require separate licenses allowing people to own and carry them. However, purchasing these weapons without a firearm purchaser identification card may still be a criminal offense.

    According to N.J.S.A. §2C:58-3, it is illegal to sell or transfer a firearm to someone unless that person holds a firearm purchaser identification card. If they do not have an FID card, they must be a licensed firearms dealer. Penalties may apply to people buying a gun without an FID card and to people selling to someone they know does not have a valid FID card. Call our NJ attorneys for firearm purchaser identification card applications if you are facing charges for these offenses.

    Can I Be Denied a Firearm Purchaser Identification Card in NJ?

    Most people who apply for an FID card can have their application granted unless they meet certain criteria that prohibit them from owning a weapon. Numerous conditions might lead to an application being denied. Some conditions are based on your criminal record, propensity for violence, or personal character.

    Anyone who has been convicted of a crime or disorderly persons offense involving domestic violence will be denied. It does not matter whether the offense involved a firearm. Additionally, applicants with histories of drug abuse, alcohol dependency, and mental illness can be denied. If you have a physical or medical condition that makes operating a gun unsafe, you can also be denied an FID. Applicants younger than 18 are also categorically barred from getting a firearm purchaser identification card.

    If you are bound by a restraining order under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act or previously had a firearm seized under the Act, you will be denied an FID. You will also be denied if you are listed on an FBI terrorist watchlist.

    You can also be denied for less specific reasons. For example, your application can be denied if it is believed that granting you an FID would go against public health, safety, or welfare. There are also many other reasons you could be denied. It is important to speak with our NJ lawyers for firearm purchaser ID card applications if you think your application could be denied.

    Appealing a Denied Firearm Purchaser Identification Card Application in NJ

    If your application is denied, you can file an appeal and hopefully reverse the decision. An appeal must be filed within 30 days of the date your FID application was denied. Keep in mind that an appeal does not guarantee that you will be granted an FID card. In some cases, the court agrees with the denial, and applicants might be out of luck.

    The success of your appeal depends on why your application was denied and the arguments we can make to have the denial overturned. For example, if you were denied because you have a physical condition that makes using a gun unsafe, we could argue that your condition is not as dangerous as the state initially believed. We can present evidence demonstrating that you can safely operate a firearm with your physical condition and potentially overturn the denial.

    If you were denied an FID, speak with our legal team quickly, as you might be running out of time for an appeal. Call our NJ attorneys for firearm purchaser identification card applications right away.

    Contact Our NJ Attorneys for Firearm Purchaser Identification Card Applications

    Getting a firearm purchaser ID card is not a sure thing. You must be prepared to argue your case in court if your application is denied. Our NJ lawyers for firearm purchaser identification card applications are here to help. Call the Lombardo Law Group, LLC at (609) 445-4300 for a free case review.

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