My goodness NO.....You have ZERO liability! This person considers you a friend who trusts you enough to vouch for their character, simple as that. It does not matter where you live. You are WAY overthinking this!
I got an email asking me to be a "reference" for someone I know that is looking to get a firearms permit. It's worded like, "xxx is being investigated to determine his/her suitability for the issuance of N.J. Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Permit to Purchase a Handgun. This individual has identified you as the background reference in their application. Your feedback is essential for further processing of this application." And then has a follow up link for me to fill out some questions.
Am I liable for what this person does with his/her firearm after I fill this out? For example, I'm worried that if I am a reference and years later this person is convicted of a crime involving a firearm I will somehow be implicated because I was his "reference". Has this happened or is this something I shouldn't worry about? I live in monmouth county if it makes any difference.
The background check clearance is not the end of the process. You have to get this e-mail...
Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or Handgun Purchase Permit Application – Application Approved
Confirmation Number: 2009XXXXXXX
Status Update: Approved. DO NOT APPEAR AT THE APPROVING POLICE DEPARTMENT UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN CONTACTED BY IT'S PERSONNEL TO RETRIEVE YOUR DOCUMENTS.
Issuing Police Department: YOUR PD and ORI number
Contact Phone for Issuing Police Department: YOUR PD's phone number
Your application for a New Jersey Firearm Purchaser Identification Card and/or Permit to Purchase a Handgun(s) has been approved by the issuing authority. The physical card/permit must be obtained at your issuing police department (as indicated on your application).
Please be aware that to obtain this card/permit you must bring proof of identity (Picture ID with Name and Date of Birth) to the issuing police department.
If you haven't already made the payment to the Issuing Police Department, you will be required to pay the following fee in the form of check or money order. Cash may be used as a form of payment; however, check with the issuing police department.
Payment to the Issuing Police Department: AMOUNT YOU OWE for the permit(s)
If you have any further questions about the pick-up of your card/permit please contact your issuing police department.
See what else you can do online at www.NJ.gov.
NJ.gov - The official web site for the State of New Jersey
After you receive the above e-mail your PD should call you within a week. I just happen to be fortunate enough to live in a township where the PD is really on the ball and they notify me as soon as they're notified of my approval - which usually precedes the NJSP notification to me.
Hang in there - nobody said this would be easy. LOL