Firearms Safety

HOW TO TURN IN UNWANTED FIREARMS OR AMMUNITION

If you’re a resident of New Providence and wish to turn over any firearms and/or ammunition for destruction please contact the New Providence Police Department at (908) 665-1111. An officer will then be dispatched to your residence and take custody of the firearm and/or ammunition and file the appropriate paperwork for destruction. You can also email firearms@nppolice.org to schedule an appointment to surrender the firearm or ammunition.

According to N.J.S. 2C:39-12 Voluntary Surrender, you may provide written notice including the proposed date and time of surrender to the superintendent or chief of police of municipality in which you reside prior to transporting same to that department. You may also contact a gun shop to inquire if they would like to purchase the firearm from you. They must provide you with a written receipt if they take the firearm.

 EXTREME RISK PROTECTION ORDER (RED FLAG LAW)

 The Extreme Risk Protective Order (ERPO) Act became effective September 1, 2019. This Act authorizes New Jersey Courts to issue gun violence protective orders against individuals who pose a significant risk of personal injury to themselves or others by possessing or owning a firearm. The protective orders prohibit the person against whom the order is filed from securing or possessing any firearm or permit or license allowing firearm possession during the protective order period. A family or household member, or a law enforcement officer, (petitioner) may apply for an order against an individual (respondent) who presents a significant danger of bodily injury to himself/herself or to others by possessing or purchasing a firearm. Once the ERPO is issued, the respondent is prohibited from purchasing a firearm or ammunition and is prohibited from possessing any firearms identification cards or permits. Law Enforcement may also act as the petitioner when seeking an ERPO. The petition may be filed with a State, County, or Municipal Law Enforcement Agency or with the Superior Court with jurisdiction wherein the respondent resides. If the respondent resides out of state, the petition must be filed where the petitioner resides.

TALKING TO YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT FIREARMS

Children and adolescents are naturally curious about firearms and, as a result, may be tempted to "play" with a firearm they find. Make sure young people in your home are aware of and understand these safety guidelines:

1. Don't go snooping, or allow other kids to go snooping, for guns in the house.

2. If you find a gun in your house, or anywhere else, STOP! Do not touch it or allow anyone else to. Leave the area and be sure to immediately tell an adult.

3. Even if a gun looks like a toy, don't touch it. Some real guns look like toy guns, so don't take a chance. Leave the area and immediately tell an adult.


RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNERSHIP

Here are some useful tips on gun ownership (PDF)