*** UPDATE ****** Firearms Identification Card Applications and Handgun Purchase Permits *** UPDATE ***
During the past couple of weeks, the Lacey Township Police Department has experienced a significant increase in the number of firearms identification cards and handgun purchase permit applications. We are working hard to process these requests in a timely manner for our residents. The Lacey Township Police Department will continue to accept new firearms applications and process them with the understanding that delays will be experienced due to the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
We have received guidance from the New Jersey State Police Firearms Unit and have been informed that due to the volume of applications and the COVID-19 response, there may be delays with the 212A background check and mental health checks.
Once all of the required application background checks are completed, applicants will receive a phone call from our records bureau staff. Applicants will be advised of the process to obtain their firearms identification cards and handgun purchase permits. The process to pickup up a firearms identification card and/or handgun purchase permit(s) may be slightly different then experienced in the past based upon guidance received from the New Jersey State Police Firearms Unit. Once again, these temporary changes are for public safety.
Gun shops are now considered essential businesses, and were authorized to open with certain restrictions. They must all operate by appointment only for the purposes of selling firearms and ammunition. Unfortunately, in order to maintain effective social distancing and protect the citizens of the state, shooting ranges were not included. The business may open, however, the shooting range must remain closed.
NICS will be operational while adhering to social distancing and curfews. However, expect delays.
Applications will only be accepted through the online FARS system. See below link.
If you have any firearms application questions, please contact Records Clerk Lynn Talarico at 609-693-6636 ext. 2558, or email her at: email@example.com. You may also contact Records Clerk Terri Stawski at 609-693-6636 ext. 2507.
-Chief Michael C. DiBella