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What You Should Know About Gun Crimes in New Jersey

The state of New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in all of the United States because of its history of gun crimes. Read on to learn more and speak with our skilled Bergen County gun crime defense attorney today. Our legal team is on your side no matter what you are facing.

What are the most common gun crimes seen in the state of New Jersey?

You will want to recognize that in New Jersey, gun laws do not make it simple for residents to purchase, possess or use a gun. In fact, individuals who are interested in obtaining a permit to purchase and carry firearms will need to go through a long process, because of past history of gun violence and gun crimes. Some of the various gun crimes in New Jersey include the following:

  • Illegal carry, whether open or concealed
  • Bringing weapons, legal or illegal, into New Jersey from out of state
  • Possession of a gun without a valid New Jersey permit
  • Possession of a stolen gun
  • Possession of an unregistered gun
  • Possession of an assault rifle
  • Possession of a sawed-off shotgun
  • Unlawful possession of a baseball bat, crowbar, or knife for criminal purposes
  • Unlawful possession of a BB gun or airsoft gun

What are the different types of charges that can be attained for a gun crime in New Jersey?

There are a number of different charges that people may face after breaking a gun law in New Jersey. Some of the most typical charges our firm has seen clients face include:

  • The unlawful possession of a rifle or shotgun is a crime in the third degree
  • The unlawful possession of a spring gun or air gun is a crime in the third degree
  • The unlawful possession of a machine gun, handgun, or assault rifle is a crime in the second degree

If you would like to learn more about gun charges in New Jersey, it is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today to speak with one of our dedicated criminal defense attorneys.

How can I obtain a gun permit in New Jersey?

New Jersey has stringent gun laws, which is why numerous personal documents are required in order to acquire a gun permit. The information needed includes the following:

  • A passport
  • A driver’s license
  • 2 references
  • An executed Consent for Mental Health Records Search

In addition to the above documents, the police will also demand a full and thorough background check with the FBI. This search will likely comprise a deep investigation of the applicant’s mental health records, an investigation by the local police, and fingerprinting.


Kevin T. Conway is an experienced Bergen County criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need an aggressive criminal lawyer, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation.

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