Morristown NJ Firearms Weapons Offense Lawyers
Weapons Offenses in New Jersey: BB Guns, Airsoft Guns, Paintball Guns
It is hard to believe but BB guns, airsoft guns, and paintball guns are considered prohibited weapons in New Jersey and can cause serious legal problems if these weapons are possessed without a lawful permit or firearms ID card in New Jersey. Under N.J.S. 2C:39-1, these weapons are considered firearms in New Jersey. Charges such as possession of a handgun without a permit (third degree), unlawful possession of a weapon (2nd degree), and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose can arise even with an item as minor as an airsoft gun. As you are aware, second degree charges in New Jersey include between five (5) to ten (10) years in New Jersey state prison and contain a presumption of incarceration (even with no prior record). Moreover, the Graves Act covers firearms offenses in New Jersey and requires mandatory jail time and parole ineligibility even for first time offenders.
The fact of the matter is that a BB gun or airsoft gun lawfully purchased at a flea market or sporting goods store which is possessed in New Jersey without the proper permit or firearms ID card and fired in an improper manner can lead to a felony conviction and years in New Jersey state prison. If you own these weapons, it is imperative that you have them properly registered/permitted to avoid any legal issues. If these legal issues have already arisen, it is crucial that you contact an experienced firearms defense attorney to combat these charges.
If you or a loved one is charged with a firearms offense in New Jersey, contact our offices anytime for a free initial consultation at (973)971-0030.