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New Jersey Gun Control Laws

On Behalf of | May 15, 2017 | Criminal Law |

New Jersey Gun Control Laws are Consistently a Hot Topic for Debate

Will proposed changes make it easier to carry a gun in New Jersey?

New Jersey is known for having some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. Proponents of these enhanced restrictions argue that it makes the state safer and prevents crime. Opponents argue that such constraints violate Second Amendment right to bear arms. Changes to current state law are constantly proposed from both sides of the issue and even the most minor changes inevitably ignites swift debate.

Under current state law, there is a mandatory 30-day waiting period for residents seeking a permit to carry a firearm. For non-residents, the waiting period increases to 45 days. Additionally, there are many firearms that are illegal under state law including:

  • Sawed-off shotguns
  • Silencers
  • Imitation firearms intended for unlawful use
  • Defaced firearms
  • Armor penetrating bullets
  • Stun guns
  • Machine guns
  • Assault rifles

In addition, there are many individuals that are prohibited from owning weapons including persons that have been convicted of:

  • Aggravated assault, sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault
  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Robbery
  • Use, possession or sale of controlled dangerous substances

Individuals that have been committed for mental disorders are also prohibited from owning firearms unless the court determines that a person no longer suffers from a mental disorder or handicap that would interfere with the handling of a firearm.

One of the aspects of New Jersey’s gun control laws currently up for debate is the requirement that an applicant demonstrate a “justifiable need” to obtain a firearm. Governor Chris Christie recently introduced a resolution that would make it easier to obtain a weapon by allowing consideration of “serious threats” when evaluating applications. Opponents of this new rule argue that it opens the door for anyone living in dangerous areas to lawfully obtain a weapon. Opposition lawmakers are expected to file a lawsuit against this provision in the near future. While it is still uncertain exactly how this will play out, the gun control debate is sure to continue for many more months and years.

If you have questions about your rights, contact the skilled New Jersey attorneys at Lomurro Law for the legal guidance and support you need. Call 732-482-9285 or send an email to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations in Freehold and East Brunswick.