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In the State of New Jersey all firearms applications are now on an automated system called F.A.R.S. (Firearms Application & Registration System). This web based system allows residents of New Jersey to complete any and all necessary paperwork in applying for their Firearms Identification card or an Electronic Permit to Purchase a Handgun & Form of Register (E-Permit).
When completing the online form be sure to enter information accurately, this includes information regarding references and contacts. Any information that isn’t accurate or filled in will possibly lead to delay in your application. References can include family members.
Once the application is completed, advise your references that they will be receiving an email and that they are asked to complete the questionnaire as soon as possible. Once your application is approved, you will be notified by email along with a call by the Firearms Supervisor. The Firearms Supervisor will inform you of any fees that are owed to the Essex Fells Police Department along with when you can pick up your Firearms Identification Card. All applications that include "Permits to Purchase a Handgun" submitted from October 01, 2020 onwards will receive an electronic purchase permit "E-Permit" upon application approval. These applicants will no longer receive a paper permit to purchase a handgun. All NJ Retail Firearms Dealers will be able to execute E-Permits for application submitted from October 01, 2020 onwards. Your Firearms Identification Card does not expire, permits on the other hand are only valid for 90 days from date of issued. After the 90 days they can only be renewed by the Essex Fells Chief of Police for another 90 days. Any other questions can be directed to Sergeant Gomes at email@example.com.
Initial New Jersey Firearms Identification Card - $5.00
New Jersey Permit to Purchase a Handgun & Form of Register - $2.00 (each permit)
Replacement identification card or change of address – No Charge
Checks are to be made out to “Borough of Essex Fells”
Cash payment is accepted but must be exact amount
Please mail payment to:
Essex Fells Police Department
Attention Firearms Unit
255 Roseland Avenue
Essex Fells, N.J. 07021
Essex Fells Police Firearms Instructors Certifications:
Sgt. Paul Gomes # 193
Sig Sauer Armorer
Ballistic Shield Instructor
Active Shooter/Mass Killer Response Instructor
Simunitions Scenario Instructor
Ofc. Joseph Ficchi # 198
Sig Sauer Armorer
Essex Fells Firearms FAQ’s:
How do you obtain a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and/or a Permit to Purchase a Handgun & Form of Register?
You must apply through your local police department. To apply online utilizing the Firearms Applicant Registration System (FARS) please go to https://www.njportal.com/NJSP/fars . The Essex Fells Police ORI Number is NJ0070700.
Where can I pick up my completed Firearms ID card? E-Permit?
Once your application is completed and signed off on, you’ll receive a phone call from the head of the firearms unit advising that your Firearms ID is ready along with how much is owed. After that you can pick up your paper work at Essex Fells Police Department between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Where can I pick up my completed E-Permit?
All applications that include "Permits to Purchase a Handgun" submitted from October 01, 2020 onwards will receive an electronic purchase permit "E-Permit" upon application approval. These applicants will no longer receive a paper permit to purchase a handgun. All NJ Retail Firearms Dealers will be able to execute E-Permits for application submitted from October 01, 2020 onwards.
Can a minor have access to a loaded firearm?
No, under NJSC 2C:58-15;
a. A person who knows or reasonably should know that a minor is likely to gain access to a loaded firearm at a premises under the person's control commits a disorderly person’s offense if a minor gains access to the firearm, unless the person:
(1) Stores the firearm in a securely locked box or container;
(2) Stores the firearm in a location which a reasonable person would believe to be
(3) Secures the firearm with a trigger lock.
b. This section shall not apply:
(1) To activities authorized by section 14 of P.L.1979, c.179, (C.2C:58-6.1), concerning the lawful use of a firearm by a minor; or
(2) Under circumstances where a minor obtained a firearm as a result of an unlawful entry by any person.
c. As used in this act, "minor" means a person under the age of 16.
New Jersey State Police FAQ’s:
Firearms Safety Rules:
ALWAYS Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
ALWAYS Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
ALWAYS Keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Know your target and what is beyond it.
Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
Never use alcohol, over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs before or while shooting.
Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.