In New Jersey, gun control is taken very seriously. The state only allows residents to own a firearm with a permit. Assault weapons are not permitted to be owned by New Jersey residents. Any gun purchased in New Jersey must be purchased from a licensed dealer with a gun permit. The two types of illegal weapons charges that exist in New Jersey are unlawful.
The first type of weapons charges that a person in New Jersey can receive is simple gun possession without a permit. It is important that when you purchase a gun from a licensed dealer, you obtain a permit. This charge is considered a second-degree offense in the state. The other option for being charged with unlawful possession of a weapon in New Jersey is the possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. If you are in the process of committing a crime, such as a robbery for example, and you are found to have a gun at the time, your charges will be severe. New Jersey also considers this type of offense a second-degree offense.
Some of the other important factors to be aware of about New Jersey guns laws are that you cannot bring a gun here from another state. If you move from, let’s say, Virginia to New Jersey and own a firearm, you will have to apply for a permit in New Jersey in order to legally own your gun in the state. You are also not permitted to have a gun in your car regardless of if you have a permit. If you have been charged with an unlawful possession of a firearm in New Jersey, you will need to seek experienced representation from a criminal defense attorney.
Keith Hirschorn, P.C., is an experienced criminal defense attorney working throughout the state of New Jersey. If you have any questions regarding the merits, facts or circumstances of your case, call the law office to set up a free initial consultation.