Possessing or Using a Weapon is a serious crime in New Jersey. The penalties, even for possession of a weapon, can include long jail sentences, heavy fines, long periods of parole or probation, and a conviction that can follow you the rest of your life.
Under New Jersey law, A Weapon is “anything readily capable of lethal use or inflicting serious bodily injury”, and includes (1) all firearms, even though not loaded, (2) components which can be readily assembled into a weapon; (3) gravity knives, switchblade knives, daggers, dirks, stilettos, slingshots, blackjacks, metal knuckles, etc.; (4) stun guns or any other device which projects, releases, or emits tear gas, etc.
Some types of weapons are outlawed in certain circumstances in New Jersey, including any type of destructive device, sawed off shotguns, silencers, dumdum or armor piercing bullets, rifles, shotguns, handguns, stun guns, imitation firearms, machine guns.
Weapon crimes in New Jersey include:
- Unlawful Possession of Weapons;
- Possessing a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose;
- Possession by Certain Persons;
- Defacing a Firearm;
- Transporting a Manufactured Firearm Without a Serial Number,
- and many others.
As it pertains to firearms, the law is complicated. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms. This constitutional amendment has been a foundation of American rights but has also become a basis of controversy and intense debate. While the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, each state can regulate the use and ownership of such weapons. Some states, like New Jersey, have strict regulations on owning a firearm, transporting a firearm and carrying a firearm. However, there are exemptions and exceptions that may provide a defense to firearm charges.
For these reasons, you must hire an experienced attorney who has the knowledge and expertise to defend you from unreasonable and serious weapon charges.
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