New Jersey has strict gun laws. As a result, gun crimes, and other weapons offenses, are taken very seriously. In order to obtain a gun, you must first obtain a permit. Read on to learn more about who can obtain a gun permit, the most common gun crimes, and their associated penalties.
Who is Eligible to Obtain a Gun Permit?
In order to obtain 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 categoeis:
- Those convicted of aggravated assault, arson, burglary, extortion, homicide, kidnapping, robbery, sexual assault
- Those committed for mental disorder 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 Weapons Offenses in New Jersey?
There are many different ways in which an individual can break the law regarding the sale, possession, or use of firearms or other weapons. Some of the formal weapons charges that are considered against the law in New Jersey are as follows:
- 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 Weapons Charges in New Jersey?
Some of the various weapons possession crimes in New Jersey are as follows:
- 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 a weapons charge in New Jersey, you will need strong legal defense. These crimes are taken seriously and carry heavy penalties. An attorney will fight to reduce your charges and explore all potential avenues of defense. Contact our firm to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney today.
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