Assault Firearm Restrictions In New Jersey
May 8, 2023
New Jersey has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the United States, including strict restrictions on assault weapons such as the AR-15. The state prohibits the possession of certain named firearms or "substantially identical" firearms deemed to be assault firearms.
This includes more than 50 specified firearms, including the AR-15, as well as semi-automatic rifles with fixed magazine capacity exceeding 10 rounds and semi-automatic shotguns with specific features. Possession of an assault weapon is illegal unless you are issued a specific license to possess the weapon, or it is registered or rendered inoperable. It is also illegal to manufacture, transport, sell, or dispose of an assault firearm without being registered or licensed.
New Jersey has strict restrictions on ammunition magazines. The state prohibits the manufacture, transportation, shipment, sale, or disposal of any large capacity ammunition magazine, which is defined as any magazine that is capable of holding more than ten rounds of ammunition. However, retired law enforcement officers are allowed to possess and carry a large capacity magazine that can hold up to 15 rounds of ammunition.
In New Jersey, the possession of hollow point ammunition is prohibited unless a person is “engaged in” certain activities, such as hunting and target shooting. However, sportsmen can transport and use hollow point ammunition under certain conditions, and there are no restrictions preventing a sportsman from purchasing and keeping it on the owner's property.