New Jersey gun laws are strict and gun enthusiasts will not find liberal laws on carrying or transporting firearms in this state. Being charged or convicted with a firearm offense is very serious and includes a multitude of penalties. Speak with an attorney at Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C. to evaluate your case and come to the best possible solution to your legal matter.
As a resident of New Jersey, you are allowed to possess a firearm with a permit, unless they are considered assault weapons or “substantially identical” firearms. Registering a firearm is voluntary, but because purchase permits are a form of registration, there really is a mandatory registration for handguns purchased in the state. The purchasing of firearms must be conducted with a licensed dealer or a resident of New Jersey. All purchase permits must be filed with the New Jersey State Police Firearms Investigation Unit. Background checks are only required with purchases from a dealer.
Ordinary citizens are not permitted to carry a weapon. There’s no permit unless you’re law enforcement that would enable you, as an ordinary citizen, to carry a weapon. A charge for an unlawful possession of a weapon will likely include an unlawful purpose charge, which is a completely separate charge. An unlawful purpose charge enhances and sometimes can double the consequences to which a person is exposed. A firearm arrest in the state of New Jersey almost certainly carries potential jail time. These are very serious consequences. New Jersey does not recognize gun permits from other states. For instance, an individual who might be traveling from Pennsylvania to New Jersey with a gun in his car is at risk for an unlawful possession charge. It can carry five years of state prison time. These charges need to be addressed as quickly as possible. If you have been charged in a firearm arrest, time is not on your side. Speak with an attorney today at Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C. if you find yourself facing any firearm charges and need a consultation.