We receive quite a few questions from customers, especially new shooters, on how to transport a firearm and ammunition in NJ. We went directly to the source, the New Jersey State Police, and obtained the following guidance:
Firearms shall be carried unloaded and contained in a closed and fastened case, gunbox, securely tied package, or locked in the trunk of the automobile in which it is being transported. If the vehicle does not have a compartment separate from the passenger compartment, the firearm and/or ammunition shall be in a locked container other than the vehicle’s glove compartment or center console and kept farthest from the driver.
As a precaution, ammunition shall be transported in a separate container and locked in the trunk of the automobile in which it is being transported. Ammunition magazines may remain loaded during transportation and shall be carried separate from the firearm.
For transporting on a motorcycle, a motorcycle with lockable bags is preferable. However, saddle bags or a backpack may be utilized with the unloaded firearm in a locked container.
You may drive through New Jersey with any type of firearm or ammunition with no unreasonable deviations from your travels. If New Jersey is the State of destination, then the firearms must be legal in this State.
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