Gun Shops, Ranges and Firearms Manufacturers Deemed Essential and Open For Business



At a glance:

  • Gun shops, ranges and firearms manufacturers may remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Social distancing still applies in gun shops
  • Gun shop operators are permitted to open by appointment only
  • Gun law are not relaxed during the COVID-19 pandemic

On Monday, March 30, 2020, Governor Murphy announced that gun shops, ranges, and firearms manufacturers may remain open during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pursuant to Executive Order, only businesses deemed essential are permitted to be open in New Jersey.  A list of essential retail businesses can be found here. The decision to consider firearms dealers an essential business is a change of position from last week when they were ordered closed. Over the weekend, the Department of Homeland Security issued an advisory that led the governor to permit firearm sales.

Like all businesses, gun shops must comply with the social distancing requirement. As a result, if you want to go to a gun store, be aware of the following:

  • Operators are permitted to open by appointment only;
  • Gun stores will have limited hours of operation.

If you intend to go to a gun shop, contact them before going.

New Jersey has very strict gun possession laws. Before buying a firearm, New Jersey residents must obtain a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card through your local police department or the New Jersey State Police, if they cover your municipality. A handgun purchase requires that the buyer and seller also complete a Permit to Purchase a Handgun for any handgun transfer in New Jersey.

If you have questions regarding the emergency declaration, or New Jersey gun laws, feel free to contact us at Rosenberg | Perry & Associates. We are here to help.