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Home-Based Gun Shops Abound in New Jersey

Can you imagine finding out your next door neighbor has a license to legally sell guns? If you live in New Jersey, it’s entirely possible. While NJ has some of the strictest weapons laws on record in the country, licensed arms dealers have every right to sell firearms anywhere in the state (almost) – including right out of their own living rooms – as long as they comply with two important guidelines:

  1. The house has to be zoned for a home-based business
  2. The dealer must possess the correct state and federal licenses (FLLs or federal firearms licenses)

According to an article published in November 2015 on, 368 people have FFL gun businesses in the state and at least 140 of those are operated out of residences. These home-based businesses can be small shops that handle “online transfers” of weapons and do background checks on would-be gun buyers to gun dealers who welcome countless interested buyers to their homes all the time.

Of course, news that your next door neighbor has a house full of guns isn’t welcome news to many. While gun proponents point to their Constitutional Second Amendment, the article quotes Allison Anderman of a gun control advocate group, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence: “When dealers store a large number of guns and ammunition in residences,” she said, “they are more likely to enter the illegal marketplace.”

If you want to carry a gun in New Jersey, you must be licensed to do so. New Jersey does not recognize carry permits from other states. Even if you are lawfully licensed to carry a gun in New York or Pennsylvania, you will be arrested and charged with illegal possession of a weapon if you bring that gun into NJ without an New Jersey-issued permit.

If you are convicted of breaking N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5b (NJ handgun permit to carry law), you may face between five and 10 years in jail. Don’t risk your future.

If you are facing weapons charges in Atlantic City, NJ, or anywhere in the state, contact John W. Tumelty for aggressive legal representation.

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