my firearms ID CARDS READ THIS at the top "State of NJ Firearms Purchaser Identification Card" no where on this cards does it say "Firearm transportation Card"
I have been stopped by a police officer while transporting a firearm. and I simply said that, "I have a cased firearm , with ammo in the glove compartment" officer then asked where I was going. I said the range. he asked what firearm I have. I told him. he gave me a warning for not wearing a seat belt. and we went our separate ways. not once did he ask me for my Firearms Purchaser ID card .
You have to pay attention to the nuance of the law - particularly the "exemptions". You were not asked for the FID card because you were UNDER THE EXEMPTION and thus were exempted from needing to show an FID. Why? You said you were going directly to the range - you were under this exemption 2C:39-6 (f)(3)(b.):
2C :39-6 Exemptions.
f. Nothing in subsections b., c., and d. of N.J.S.2C:39-5 shall be construed to prevent:
(3) A person transporting any firearm or knife while traveling:
(b.) Directly to or from any target range, or other authorized place for the purpose of practice, match, target, trap or skeet shooting exhibitions, provided in all cases that during the course of the travel all firearms are carried in the manner specified in subsection g. of this section and the person has complied with all the provisions and requirements of Title 23 of the Revised Statutes and any amendments thereto and all rules and regulations promulgated thereunder; or
Read that first part of the exemption again - "Nothing in 2C:39-5 b, c, or d prevents you" ... from transporting a firearm directly to a range.
So, what is this 2C:39-5 (c.) section they are referring to ??? This:
c. Rifles and shotguns. (1) Any person who knowingly has in his possession any rifle or shotgun without having first obtained a firearms purchaser identification card in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.2C:58-3, is guilty of a crime of the third degree.
The law right there says "possession" in relation to "firearms purchaser identification card" (so right there debunks the theory that the FID is only used for purchasing).
But read your FID card - forget the title on the card - it is misleading. On my card at least (which was issued in 1999), it says in small print:
"This is to certify that ....<my name and address>... is hereby granted permission to purchase and carry rifles and shotguns pursuant to provisions of NJS 2C:58-3 and 2C:39-5 with amendments and supplements.
Again, right on the very card itself, it says it grants me legal rights "to carry" in addition to purchase. Again, showing this FID card is MORE THAN just for purchasing.
If you told that police officer that you were, for example, going shopping or going to work or something like that, he would have asked if you had an FID because in that case you were not under any of the 2C:39-6 exemptions and thus immediately would become under suspicion of violating 2C:39-5(c.) - if you had no FID card, you would be violating that statute of possessing a rifle or shotgun with having an FID (it says "without first obtaining" - but how do you prove to the officer you obtained it without having it on your person? Good luck pleading that case to him. Have the FID on your person to prove you have it).
If you own a gun in NJ, you owe it to yourself to at least read the statutes (NJS) and the admin codes (NJAC) related to owning and transporting firearms. It might just help you avoid some major hassles like what could have happened to GG if he didn't have his FID card on him.
Oh, and lest someone mention this, EVERYTHING I said above relating to an FID card IS FOR LONG GUNS ONLY. Handguns are a different beast in NJ. FID is ONLY relevant when dealing with rifles and shotguns (and of course buying ammo - ignore that for now). If you have a handgun, doesn't matter if you have an FID or not when it comes to possession/carrying/transporting. BTW: going directly to/from range with a handgun is OK because that fits the same exemption I mentioned above - the statute making handgun possession illegal is 2C:39-5 (b.) and that's one that you are exempt from in 2C:39-6 (f)(3)(b.).
Again, read the statutes and at least be somewhat familiar with them or you may do something that gets you in trouble. I'm not claiming I know half of the guns laws in this state - but I do know the basics - and that includes I do know I want my FID with me as I'm transporting my long guns in case I have to deviate from my travels in the car.