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I’m very confused about an incident that happened last night. A friend's mom is a FL resident while he has lived in NJ for the past 15 years. Sometime over the past 3 years, she gave him one of her shotguns. However, they did it all off paper, because he didn’t know the laws regarding interstate transfers. He does have an FID card, so he is somewhat familiar with the laws here. That being said, he wants to be in total compliance in case he needs to use it for self defense, so that he doesn’t then get charged with illegal possession. I told him the proper procedure is to go with his mom to an FFL and perform the transfer there, with COE forms and NICS check, since his mom is out of state and cannot transfer him a long gun without going to an FFL. He called RayCo in Merchantville yesterday, since his mom is up visiting, and they told him that he doesn’t need to do it at an FFL and all they have to do is fill out a COE form. I had two blank copies already printed out from when I went to the Armory this past weekend (just in case I found something good) so he stopped down last night to get them. The section for “seller” states nothing about the seller needing to be a NJ resident. The section for “buyer” clearly states that the buyer must be a resident of NJ, otherwise the transfer needs to take place at an FFL. Am I misinformed about the law? Can a NJ resident purchase a long gun from an out of state resident in a private transfer with just a COE form and without needing to use an FFL/NICS? Even more concerning is that if I am right about the fact that all interstate transfers have to go through FFL/NICS, RayCo gave him the wrong information and he could get into some serious trouble, legally, because of it.
Hey All, I have a question, and yes I searched the forums and some other sites first, but didn't see anything. I am pretty diligent in maintaining my paperwork, but wonder what should happen if I lose my COEs for my rifles? Sandy is the example I have in mind, since I almost lost some stuff from flooding, but thankfully was prepared and moved everything to higher ground. Since we don't register long arms in NJ (and no, I don't plan on it), there would be no way to show proof of obtaining them legally if ever needed. I know this is a hypothetical, but I am very curious. Thank you!