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One Gun A Month primer

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Informative post intended to be a sticky:


One Gun A Month (OGAM) applies to the following:

HANDGUNS ONLY. If you need a "Permit to Purchase" OGAM applies, if you purchase your gun with ONLY an FPID card, OGAM DOES NOT APPLY!




I bought a handgun on February 28th, when can I next buy a handgun?

Regarding this - I suggest you read this. http://njgunforums.c...__1#entry502784


In my opinion the following is the safe and sure method to ensure that you don't end up in prison.

If you buy on February 28th, your first day of counting is March 1 (as per NJSP Firearms unit, see link above), your 30th day is March 30, you are legal to purchase on March 31. Some people will argue you are legal on March 30th. That's entirely your call, I am NOT a lawyer.


Please note that you can apply for an exemption from OGAM.

The forms are available on the NJSP website and to date, it appears as though all exemptions applied for have been approved. Due to the delays in obtaining an exemption, it usually only makes sense if you are taking delivery of 3+ handguns. Instructions on applying for exemptions are listed here

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      Hi looking for some clarification and possible direction if my thinking is true.
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