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ANJRPC has given us this handy dandy list.  Updated with info from 6/20/23

ANJRPC List disappeared - updated with GFH list (not as easy to read)


As of 1/9/2023 - here is the official list of places that you may carry by Code Section (PL 2022 Ch 131)

  • 7(a)(12) - public libraries and museums 
  • 7(a)(15) - bars, restaurants and places that serve alcohol 
  • 7(a)(17) - entertainment facilities, including but not limited to theaters, stadiums, museums, racetracks anywhere where concerts are performed
  • 7(a)(24) - private property
  • 7(b)(1) - while operating a motor vehicle

All other elements remain in effect and this list only remains enjoined until an appellate court grants a stay (if they do).

As of 1/30/2023 - the TRO has been expanded to cover:

  • 7(a)(10) a park, beach, recreation facility or area or playground owned or controlled by a State, county or local government unit, or any part of such a place, which is designated as a gun free zone by the governing authority based on considerations of public safety;  NOTE - PLAYGROUNDS are still off-limits
  • N.J.A.C. 7:2–2.17(b) [preexisting law]: State Park Service property.
  • 7(a)(18) a casino and related facilities, including but not limited to appurtenant hotels, retail premises, restaurant and bar facilities, and entertainment and recreational venues located within the casino property;
  • The Court also acknowledged the State’s concession that “school, college, university, or other educational institution” is to be read narrowly to apply to traditional schools such as are regulated by the State. Thus, the prohibition on carrying in schools does not apply to, for example, motorcycle classes, firearms training, Sunday school within a church, karate classes, and music lessons.
  • Further, the Court acknowledged the State’s concession that notwithstanding the very broad language used in the statute (“any part of the buildings, grounds, or parking area”) the scope of prohibition on multiuse property (strip malls, office buildings, churches with schools, etc.) is limited only to the actual prohibited use itself and not other uses and also does not include shared features such as shared parking lots, hallways, elevators, etc.

Allowed as of 5/16/2023 due to Preliminary Injunction:

  • 7(a)(6) within 100 feet of a place where a public gathering, demonstration or event is held for which a government permit is required, during the conduct of such gathering, demonstration or event;
  • 7(a)(9)  Zoo
  • 7(a)(20) an airport or public transportation hub (Only curbside drop off/pickup and air travel pursuant to federal law - eg unloaded, locked container for travel)
  • 7(a)(21) a health care facility (Medical office and ambulatory care facility only)
  • 7(a)(23) a public location being used for making motion picture or television images for theatrical, commercial or educational purposes, during the time such location is being used for that purpose;
  • 7(a)(24) - private property (property that is open to the public - businesses, etc.  Including curtilage of private property - driveways, front walks, lawns, etc.;  You are also allowed on private property if invited)

Also removed as of 5/16/23:

  • 4(a) and (b): Liability insurance requirement.
  • Portion of N.J.S. 2C:58-4(c) authorizing the police to interview the persons endorsing the carry permit application.

Further Clarification as of 5/16/23:

  • Maximum of 2 handguns are allowed on you for carry purposes.  If you are in a vehicle, any additional firearms fall under transportation laws.

You cannot carry in the following locations:

  • 7(a)(1) a place owned, leased, or under the control of State, county or municipal government used for the purpose of government administration, including but not limited to police stations;
  • 7(a)(2) a courthouse, courtroom, or any other premises used to conduct judicial or court administrative proceedings or functions;
  • 7(a)(3) a State, county, or municipal correctional or juvenile justice facility, jail and any other place maintained by or for a governmental entity for the detention of criminal suspects or offenders;
  • 7(a)(4) a State-contracted half-way house;
  • 7(a)(5) a location being used as a polling place during the conduct of an election and places used for the storage or tabulation of ballots;
  • 7(a)(7) a school, college, university or other educational institution, and on any school bus;
  • 7(a)(8) a child care facility, including a day care center;
  • 7(a)(9) a nursery school, pre-school, or summer camp;
  • 7(a)(10) Playgrounds
  • 7(a)(11) youth sports events, as defined in N.J.S.5:17-1, during and immediately preceding and following the conduct of the event, except that this provision shall not apply to participants of a youth sports event which is a firearm shooting competition to which paragraph (3) of subsection b. of section 14 of P.L.1979, c.179 (C.2C:58-6.1) applies;
  • 7(a)(13) a shelter for the homeless, emergency shelter for the homeless, basic center shelter program, shelter for homeless or runaway youth, children’s shelter, child care shelter, shelter for victims of domestic violence, or any shelter licensed by or under the control of the Juvenile Justice Commission or the Department of Children and Families;
  • 7(a)(14) a community residence for persons with developmental disabilities, head injuries, or terminal illnesses, or any other residential setting licensed by the Department of Human Services or Department of Health;
  • 7(a)(16) a Class 5 Cannabis retailer or medical cannabis dispensary, including any consumption areas licensed or permitted by the Cannabis Regulatory Commission established pursuant to section 31 of P.L.2019, c.153 (C.24:6I-24);
  • 7(a)(19) a plant or operation that produces, converts, distributes or stores energy or converts one form of energy to another;
  • 7(a)(21) a health care facility, including but not limited to a general hospital, special hospital, psychiatric hospital, public health center, diagnostic center, treatment center, rehabilitation center, extended care facility, skilled nursing home, nursing home, intermediate care facility, tuberculosis hospital, chronic disease hospital, maternity hospital, outpatient clinic, dispensary, assisted living center, home health care agency, residential treatment facility, residential health care facility
  • 7(a)(22) a facility licensed or regulated by the Department of Human Services, Department of  Children and Families, or Department of Health, other than a health care facility, that provides addiction or mental health treatment or support services;
  • 7(a)(25) any other place in which the carrying of a firearm is prohibited by statute or rule or regulation promulgated by a federal or State agency.

3rd Circuit Stay effective 6/20/23

A mid-level federal appeals court has partially granted and partially denied New Jersey’s motion to temporarily reinstate the carry-killer law. As a result, the lower court’s injunction blocking most of the carry-killer law will be partially suspended during the state’s appeal. This means that for the duration of the appeal there are “sensitive places” where the carry-killer law prohibits carry and other places where the carry-killer law remains blocked by the court.

The decision means that for the duration of the appeal gun owners CANNOT lawfully continue to carry in the following locations:

  • Within 100 feet of a public gathering, demonstration, or event requiring a government permit;
  • Zoo;
  • Park, beach, recreational facility or area owned or controlled by a State, county or local government unit designated as a gun-free zone;
  • Publicly owned or leased library or museum;
  • Bar or restaurant where alcohol is served and any other site or facility where alcohol is sold for consumption on the premises;
  • Entertainment facility;
  • Casino and related facilities;
  • Health care facility.

You can continue to carry in the following locations:

  • Vehicles
  • Private property
  • Public film locations

Duty to inform is in effect as of 7/1/23

Training Requirements - Revised as of 9/17/23

Excerpt as follows:



This Civilian Carry Assessment and Range Evaluation (CCARE) protocol replaces the Permit to Carry Safe Handling and Proficiency Qualification protocol (HQC2-modified) issued on July 21, 2023. An individual who has satisfied the HQC2-modified protocol is deemed to have met the requirements of the CCARE protocol for purposes of complying with N.J.S.A. 2C:58-4(g)(2).

To achieve a passing score of 80%, the participant must place a minimum of 40 shots within the border of the Q target silhouette during
the untimed course of fire. The participant must also demonstrate safe handling throughout, including safe loading, unloading, drawing, and reholstering.

The participant must perform the following strings of fire from each of the following distances: 3 yards, 5 yards, 7 yards, 10 yards, and 15 yards:

  1.  On command, from a secured and concealed holster position, draw and fire 5 rounds. Holster a safe, decocked, if applicable, weapon.
  2.  Repeat the string of fire twice, firing a total of 10 rounds.
  3.  Reload if required and holster a safe, decocked, if applicable, weapon.
  4.  At the end of the course of fire, clear all weapons, and holster a safe and empty weapon.



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