New Jersey takes gun laws very seriously. In fact, NJ has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. As a result, it is important to understand who can obtain a gun permit and the consequences of gun crimes. Read on to learn more.
Who can obtain a gun permit in New Jersey?
In order to purchase a gun, you must first obtain a permit. It is important to note that there is a separate permit when it comes to carrying a gun. You will not be eligible to obtain a gun permit if you fall into one of the following categories:
- Those convicted of aggravated assault, arson, burglary, extortion, homicide, kidnapping, robbery, sexual assault
- Those committed for mental disorders unless there is satisfactory proof they no longer suffer from a disorder that handicaps them from handling a firearm
- Those convicted of the unlawful use, possession, or sale of controlled dangerous substances
- Minors under the age of 18
- Those who are drug dependent
- Those who have physical defects that make them unsafe to handle a firearm
What are the most common gun offenses in New Jersey?
There are a number of different offenses one can commit when it comes to buying, selling, and possessing firearms. Some common offenses include:
- Possessing an assault rifle or sawed-off shotgun
- Possessing a firearm without a valid permit
- Transporting firearms through New Jersey from another state
- Possessing an airsoft gun or a BB gun
- Possessing a knife, baseball bat, or crowbar for criminal purposes
- The unlawful concealed or open carry of a firearm
- Possessing an unregistered or stolen firearm
What are the consequences of a weapons charge in New Jersey?
Different offenses carry different penalties. Some common charges include:
- The unlawful possession of an airsoft or spring gun: Third-degree crime
- The unlawful possession of a rifle or shotgun: Third-degree crime
- The unlawful possession of a machine gun, handgun, or assault rifle: Second-degree crime
If you are facing charges for a gun crime, you will need the help of an experienced attorney. A skilled criminal defense attorney will explore all avenues of defense and will work to have your charges reduced or even dropped. Reach out today to discuss your case.
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