There are two parts to the transfer fee. There is the New Jersey NICS Background check fee which is $15 for a Long Gun and $16 for a handgun (November 2020 State Increase). That fee is what we are charged to run your background check.
The actual transfer fees depend on the type of firearm. For all handguns the transfer fee is $40. For Long Guns our transfer fee is currently $35, and for receiver's the transfer fees are currently $30. The transfer fee is in addition to the NICS background check. Therefore if you are transferring a firearm and it is a pistol your cost would be $56($16 NICS and $40Transfer Fee).
There are no fees, not even the NICS charge, for any firearm purchased on our site through us. For your patronage we pay the NICS charge. You just pay for the firearm and New Jersey sales tax.
I am waiting on permits, will you store my firearm until I receive my permits?
21 Jan 2021
We will store your firearmarm at no charge until you receive your necessary permits. This includes your firearms ID card if you have just applied for one or if you are changing your address. We will not store any firearm for more than 12 months. If you have not, or cannot pick up your firearm within 12 months you will forfeit the firearm and Plumsted Arms maintains the right to sell it to recover our cost without reimbursement.
Face to Face transactions now require a background check be performed by a licensed dealer to complete the transfer. However the dealer is under no obligation to book your firearm into their inventory and we will not maintain or store the firearm, the transfer must take place at one time. This could be difficult in New Jersey.
To perform a face to face transaction the buyer and seller must be together at the dealer at the same time. The dealer will take the necessary identification from the buyer (firearms ID card and driver's license), and complete the on-line NICS check for New Jersey. In some cases this check may only take several minutes however New Jersey is not known for their speedy processing. If the NICS check does not come back within 15 minutes of submission both the buyer and seller must return to the shop when the NICS check has been completed. In this case the seller takes his firearm with him, no transfer has been done.
Once the NICS check is complete we will complete the part of the permit or the COE for the transfer with the necessary NICS check information. The seller is and the buyer are then responsible for completing the paperwork and sending in the required copies (for a pistol permit) to the state police.
We assume no liability for the transfer, submission of paperwork, condition of the firearm, terms of the sale, or disputes that may arise between the seller and buyer.
What form of payment do you accept for your services?
21 Jan 2021
If you are from New Jersey and you are picking up your firearm from our shop we will take your personal check however you must wait 3 business days for the check to clear. We do not accept out of state checks. For out of state purchases, or purchases in New Jersey that are shipped to another FFL, we accept cashier's check, cash, and money orders.
We do take credit cards for firearm purchases. We accept Master Card, Visa, and Discover. We do NOT accept American Express. Credit card purchases are subject to a 3% fee for processing. We are a small operation however the credit card companies charge us fees on everything we do by credit card. If you wish to use a credit card for your firearm purchase we ask that you pay the fees.
We do not accept credit card for FFL services which include transfer fees and NICS fees (that are not part of a firearm purchase from our site). Our transfer services and face to face transfer services are cash only and are paid up-front before the paperwork is completed and the firearm is transfered.
At other shops I pay sales tax on my NICS check. Why don't you charge sales tax?
21 Jan 2021
New Jersey tax laws specifically exempt sales tax on purchase which are not the subject of the sale. For example, you are purchasing a firearm and if you are from New Jersey we will collect sales tax on the firearm. The NICS "background check" is not the subject of the sale, the firearm is the subject of the sale. Therefore the tax is not appropriate for the NICS charge. Additionally, sales tax cannot be charge for information that is obtained from taxpayer (federal or state) database systems. To simply put it, you have already paid tax on the development, implementation and maintenance of the very systems that are used to extract the NICS background information. Charging sales tax is unlawful. Other shops make you pay sales tax because they are playing it safe and why do they care, they are passing along the cost to you. We believe that the law provides for clear guidance on this issue and we will not double tax you like other shops.
I purchased a firearm on-lin and they shipped me the wrong one or it's damaged. What do I do now?
21 Jan 2021
Once you purchase a firearm and use our license to have the firearm shipped to us for transfer you are then responsible for the NICS and transfer fees, regardless of the outcome of the transfer. If the seller has shipped you the wrong firearm or you are unhappy with your purchase when you pick it up from us it is your responsibility to settle the matter with the seller and the transfer fees and any NICS charges already paid for must be paid to us immediately.
When a firearm is received at our shop it is booked into our inventory. The only way you can legally own and take that firearm is for us to transfer it to you. Unless the transfer fees and NICS charges are paid for we will not process the paperwork to take that firearm out of our inventory.
If you have arranged to send the firearm back to the seller for a partial or full refund then you must pay for us to package and ship that firearm back to the seller. You will be charged the market price for shipping and packaging. If you wish to insure that package you must pay for the insurance costs. All shipping and transfer fees must be paid for in cash prior to us shipping any item.
You are responsible for all disputes with the seller. On used firearms received for transfer we take photographs of the firearm and it's packaging. We are not responsible for the condition of any firearm you transfer to us from another seller. Your dispute must be settled between you and the seller. We will not contact the seller for you or attempt to negotiate any settlement on your behalf.
Yes, New Jersey has joined that exclusive fraternity of states that have imposed magazine limits of 10 rounds. The only entry fee to that fraternity is to have assholes as legislators who belive that law abiding gun owners need to be regulated to death, while the criminals that already carry illegal firearms will shutter in their boots worrying about being caught with a "high capacity" magazine.
You can't own or possess a magazine in New Jersey with a capacity greater than 10 rounds. Even in your home. If for some reason the authorities have a reason to search your home or confiscate your firearms, possessing a magazine over the 10 round limit is against the law. Don't even think about putting them in a shoe box and sticking them in the attic if you believe your premisis will be subject to a search.
The most common types of compliance work done in New Jersey is pinning stocks, pinning and welding comps and magazine modifications for legal round limits. There are other less frequent modifications as well. We do not do any compliance work on your firearm regardless of how much you offer. The readson is simple and can be summed up in one word, "liability".
First of all the laws that restrict "evil features" do not actually spell out what constitutes a complaint modification. For example, most people believe that a barrel compensator must be "pinned and welded". That is actually a NFA requirement that does not apply to firearms but has been adapted as the defacto standard for complaince in New Jersey. In reality, a modification that requires "tools" and a significant amount of effort is considered permenant. Have you ever red locktite anything before? That my friend is permenant also. But the problem is if you are questioned about the modification you may find yourself in court with lawyers and huge bills defending the modification. If we did it for you then we would be dragged into the battle, a costly battle as you would rightfully state that you purchased the firearm as compliant. If you want to buy your own parts and build your own compliant gun go right ahead. The liability is all yours.
For magazines it's even more of a grey area. There are so many "experts" out there that claim to know what permenant means. There is no guidance on this also and we will not modify high capacity magazines for you.
My firearm was shipped to you and is not NJ compliant. What do I do now?
21 Jan 2021
So your purchase was shipped to us for transfer and is not New Jersey compliant. There are some things you can fix and some you can't but in all cases the first thing that must be done is:
Pay the NCIS and Transfer Fee
Once that is take care of your have several options depending on what is wrong witht he firearm.
If the firearm came with a folding or collapsable stock, or another "evil feature" in New Jersey that can be fixed you have two choices. First, we do not perform complaince work. Your options are to send it to another FFL in New Jersey that does compliance work, or send it back to the seller. In both cases you must make all the arrangements and pay us the full cost of shipping.
If the firearm came with a non-compliant magazine(s) then you also have two options. You can send the entire firearm back to the seller, again at your cost for shipping. You must make all the arrangements on your own and pay all the associated fees. Your second option is to sign over the magazine(s) to us. You forfeit all rights to the magazine(s). We will not under any circumstances reimburse you for the cost of the magazine(s), and we will not ship them out to anyone on your behalf. **NOTE: when it comes to magazines we will not disassemble the magazine and ship you the parts to circumvent the law. If you are found in possession of a high capacity magazine that we trasfered to you regardless of the state of that magazine when we transfered it, it's our ass on the line. That's not happening so please don't even ask.
Will you perform a face to face transaction if the firearm is not NJ compliant?
21 Jan 2021
Absolutely not. If you bring a New Jersey non-compliant firarm into our shop with the intent to do a Face to Face transaction your transaction will not be performed. You also run the risk of loosing the firearm and/or being reported to the State Police. FFL's have requirements demanded of them as part of their retail license and the law and we must abide by these laws. If we don't we are held responsible for commiting a felony and could face significant legal issues as a result. If you think I am going to risk going to jail just to transfer your illegal magazine of firearm to you they you came to the wrong shop. You may think that is an asshole move but think about it, why would I risk a felony conviction just to transfer an illegal firearm or magazine to you. There is only so far I will go to support responsible firearm owners.
So your going to the range for a match and your debating the night before if you should load your magazines in the comfort of your shop, or do it in the morning when you get to the match and the weather is predicted to be in the teens with light snow. What do you do.
This is not legal advice but I tell you what I do. I load my magazines and transport them along with all my other gear. As long as the magazine is in the firearm it is not considered a loaded firearm.
Is this my opinion? No, it's the opinion of the NJSP Firearms Investigation Unit. Below is an image of an Email sent to me from the NJSP firearms unit from an inquire I made regarding traveling with loaded magazine's and what defines a flash suppressor. Read it for yourself and then do what you think is the right thing to do.
Can I legally transport a firearm in my vehicle in New Jersey?
21 Jan 2021
Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver's compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.
How does the 30 day one gun per month work in New Jersey?
21 Jan 2021
New Jersey law states that you cannot purchase more than one pistol in a 30 day period. The actual number of days you should reference is 31 because according to the law the day you picked up your last pistol doesn't count. You can go on-line and browse to any one of several web sites that calculate the exact number of days between two dates. Put in the date your picked up your last firearm and then today's date. If the number of days is less than 31 you can't pick up another firearm.
That doesn't mean you can't buy more than one firearm at a time. Say for example you wanted to purchase three handguns all at the same time. If you bought them from us or had them transfered to us we would hold the second and third firearm until you meet your one gun a month obligation, no charge. Transfer fees are charged on each firearm and on each gun however.
I wish to purchase a Nighthawk Custom Firearm, is the item in-stock?
21 Jan 2021
Rarely. We do not keep a large inventory of Nighthawk Custom firearms in-stock. Nighthawk firearms are all custom made and there are many options available to choose from. There is no rolling inventory of these firearms. Occasionally we will have a few spec firearms in stock from Nighthawk Custom. You can see if we have any firearms in stock by selecting the "In Stock" menu item under Firearms.
What is the average delivery time for a custom Nighthawk?
21 Jan 2021
All Nighthawk Custom firearms are assigned to and built by one gunsmith. Your firearm will be custom built by one individual from the bottom up. This process takes a long time to complete. Typical Nighthawk custom firearms take from 4 to 6 months to complete depending on the options the buyer specifies. Occasionally, Nighthawk has spec builds that we acquire. When that happens we list them on our web site as in-inventory and they are available immediately.
You can either browse our web site and custom design your own Nighthawk firearm, or you can visit the Nighthawk site and build a firearm from their web site. But you cannot simply place the order on-line for the firearm. You need to contact us by Email or phone to complete your order. We will make an appointment for you to come to our shop, handle some shop firearms, and go over your build requirements. We can then give you a delivery price which will be discounted from the Nighthawk site. We require a 15% cash deposit before we will order the firearm. If you decide that you don't want to proceed with the purchase after we order the firearm the deposit is not refundable.