Gun Possession Attorneys

Defending the rights of New Jersey residents.

New Jersey gun laws are some of the strictest laws in the country. Residents of New Jersey are allowed to possess a firearm with a permit, barring all assault weapons. It is voluntary to register a firearm, but a purchasing permit is a form of registration, so all guns are technically registered. To purchase a firearm legally, you must buy the gun from a licensed dealer or a resident of the state. Background checks are only required when conducting business with a licensed dealer. All purchasing permits must be filed with the New Jersey State Police Firearms Investigation Unit. No one is permitted to carry a firearm on their person. Lastly, New Jersey does not recognize gun permits from other states. If you are traveling from Pennsylvania to New Jersey with a gun, it is illegal to have a gun in your car.

In New Jersey, there are two different types of illegal weapon possession. There’s the simple gun possession without a permit and there’s possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. For a long time, New Jersey treated these offenses differently. In recent years, the legislature changed the law and made them treated the same. They’re both treated as second-degree offenses. This is a felony. If you are caught with a weapon in the commission of a crime, you can face major consequences. This is an important fact because any conviction for a second-degree offense requires an individual, regardless of their criminal history, to serve time in state prison.

New Jersey Attorney knows how to defend you

Each case is a different situation with different facts. You may have defenses that an experienced attorney would be able to show as to why a state prison sentence is not warranted. However, it depends on a careful review of the set of circumstances of your particular case, your background, your history, and what took place. When you go to court on possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, you’re facing a very serious charge and it’s not a charge you should face alone. Please contact an experienced attorney at Keith Hirschorn, P.C. to discuss the matter and see where you stand after a review of your case. We will work diligently to come to the best possible resolution for your case.