New Jersey Gun Crimes | What to Know

Every state has different gun laws. New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. As a result, gun crimes are taken seriously and can have severe consequences. Read on to learn more about gun crimes in New Jersey and the associated penalties.

Who is Eligible to Obtain a Gun?

New Jersey has strict gun laws. Therefore, not everyone will be eligible to obtain a gun permit. The following individuals are not eligible to own a gun:

  • 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

Weapons Offenses

Residents in the state of New Jersey must have a permit in order to legally purchase a firearm. When an individual applies for a permit, a variety of background checks are done. Those who do not follow this process and instead purchase a weapon illegally may face certain penalties for doing so. There are a variety of ways an individual may commit a weapons offense. Some of the most common offenses include: 

  • Unlawful concealed or open carry of a firearm
  • Possession of an unregistered or stolen firearm
  • Possession of a firearm without a legal permit
  • Possession of an assault rifle or sawed-off shotgun
  • Possession of an airsoft or BB gun
  • Possession of a knife, baseball bat, or crowbar for criminal purposes
  • Transporting firearms through the state of New Jersey from another state

Potential Penalties

Illegal possession of a machine gun or handgun is a second-degree crime. This can lead to a jail sentence of 5-10 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 3-5 years. 

If you are facing a weapons charge, contact our firm to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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