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Right to bear arms not a given in NJ

On Behalf of | Nov 4, 2021 | Criminal law

People buy, own and carry guns for a variety of reasons. Some cannot imagine going anywhere without one, particularly if they are traveling by car. Unfortunately, state laws on carrying a weapon vary, which can lead to confusion. New Jersey has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, and it does not honor permits from other states.

Residents with permits can carry on the open road and rest areas, in their vehicle, state and national forests, and some other parts of the state. There is a long list of federal buildings and places where carrying a weapon is prohibited, but the state has some specific ones as well. Notably, for folks visiting Atlantic City, casinos are a no carry zone. Other places include educational institutions and state parks.

Citizens can face legal trouble

Carrying a gun without a permit while staying or visiting a casino in Atlantic City can be a major headache. Any violation of the above rules may mean they will be charged by law enforcement with Possession of a Firearm Without a Lawful Permit, even when the weapon is unloaded and secured. It goes in the trunk if the vehicle has one. Penalties for possession Without a Permit is a second-degree crime with a potential for a five to 10-year prison sentence.

Crimes involving a gun

Those committing a crime while possessing a gun can see that second-degree charge for Possession of a Firearm for Unlawful Purposes added to other charges, especially if the charges involve crimes against other people.

These laws are complicated

Folks visiting the Garden State may not be aware of the lack of reciprocity or forgot that they had a weapon in their vehicle. Regardless of the oversight, they soon can find themselves with an unwanted criminal record. Those committing a crime with a gun make their charges much more severe. In either case, it is smart to work with a criminal law attorney who knows how to defend clients facing gun-related charges.