Mike, the laws aren't as bad as you think for guns in Jersey. I have lived here since I was 4 on and off. I was in the Military for 15 years, so not in the state all the time, but as long as your record is clear and you are mentally stable you will get an FOID(firearms ID card). It takes a few months so I would fill out the paperwork now with all the new gun stuff starting to happen you will want to do it ASAP. You get the forms from your local PD. You need 2 references on the forms as well. Use military or police if you can it will help you get the permit. You also have to file for pistol permits separately but on your initial application you can request pistol permits as well. If you need more info just ask me. You can use me for a reference too if needed. Also let me know if you need help with anything else. I am still in NJ so not sure where you are but I am in Northwest Jersey on Lake Hopatcong. Hope I helped some and any questions just give me a shout
It sucks t first but once you have the card is not too bad, still a big pain, but I have a rather large collection of pistols, rifles, and shotguns from over the last few years. Picking up 2 more handguns tomorrow actually, well picking up one and buying another to have held for 30 days since only 1 pistol every 30 days, and that sucks!!!
Yep any type of firearm that can harm including a BB gun or Pellet gun, and yes even a muzzleloader, you need that FOID card which requires comprehensive background check, fingerprints, mental health check, and your thumb print on the FOID card. The only thing I think you can buy and not positive on this is relic firearms, but not sure on that because I don't collect old guns.