New Jersey

Introduction

Over 2.1 million New Jersey residents experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Fortunately, many victims survive these traumatic events; however, New Jersey reported 437 domestic violence homicide offenses from 2007 to 2016. Although New Jersey doesn’t report the mechanism of death, evidence suggests firearms are a significant contributing factor. An abuser’s access to firearms can determine a victim’s chances of survival; domestic violence firearm prohibitions and removal laws save lives.

New Jersey prohibits purchase and possession of firearms by persons convicted of a crime involving domestic violence or a disorderly persons offense involving domestic violence and persons subject to final domestic violence restraining orders. A judge issuing an ex parte domestic violence restraining order may prohibit the subject of the order from possessing a firearm. If the judge so orders, the subject of the ex parte domestic violence restraining order is also prohibited from purchasing a firearm. New Jersey requires removal of firearms from persons subject to final domestic violence restraining orders. A judge issuing an ex parte domestic violence restraining order may order removal of firearms.

This page was updated September 11, 2018. Please note that data used are the most recent available data.