In the state of New Jersey, individuals are allowed to own a handgun. However, there are certain procedures and guidelines that must be followed. A person must have a permit to purchase firearms. This is in place to regulate the sale of guns. When individuals want to purchase a handgun, their permit to purchase is only valid for 90 days.
When individuals decide to purchase a gun, it must be from a licensed dealer or a resident of the state. Handgun transfers are held by the New Jersey State Firearms Investigation Unit with some exceptions. These exceptions include firearms willed to a transferee and those brought into the state by new residents.
Can I own a long gun?
Individuals are also allowed to own a long gun. For different guns, there may be different guidelines to follow. For long guns, the permits are different. When someone wants to purchase a long gun, such as a rifle or shotgun, they must possess a lifetime purchaser identification card.
How are assault rifle permits handled?
New Jersey state has banned assault rifles. However, those that were acquired before May 1,1990 are exempt from this law that was after this time. While it is legal to possess an assault rifle purchased before that date, there are limitations that are in place that must be followed. There are limits on the number of magazine rounds and there are NFA regulations that apply as well.
To acquire a carry permit, an individual has to establish that they need to protect themselves based on some urgency. This is because New Jersey is a no-issue state, which means that carry permits are rarely issued to the public.
What are penalties for violating gun laws?
Individuals charged with violating gun laws may face severe consequences. Since these are indictable offenses, they are equal to felonies in other states. There is a possibility of jail time if individuals are found to be guilty of violating these laws.
Illegal possession of a machine gun or handgun is a second-degree crime. This can lead to a jail sentence of five to 10 years. Illegal possession of an assault rifle is a second-degree crime. Illegal possession of a rifle or shotgun is a third-degree crime. Illegal possession of an air gun, spring gun or weapon of a similar nature is a third-degree crime. Third-degree crimes can lead to a jail sentence of three to five years. With these penalties at stake, it is important to acquire legal representation to ensure that your life will not be majorly impacted.
If you have been charged with a crime in New Jersey, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact the Law Office of Michael A. Policastro today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your situation.