Our right to bear arms is one of the central aspects of a free American society. While it is your right to own a gun, however, you must do so legally, and by obtaining a permit. New Jersey does not go easy on those who possess illegal firearms, even if it is their first offense and it was not connected to a crime. It is your duty to own and operate your firearms responsibly and within legal constraints. However, if you were caught in possession of an illegal firearm, you are most likely looking at felony charges. This is why you must read on and hire an attorney who will aggressively fight for your rights.
What are some different types of weapons offenses?
If you do not follow the permit process by passing the necessary background checks, you may be subjected to several harsh penalties. Some of the various types of weapon offenses include, though are not limited to:
- Possession of an airsoft or BB gun
- Possession of a knife, baseball bat, or crowbar for a criminal purpose
- Unlawful concealed or open carry of a firearm
- Possession of an unregistered or stolen firearm
- Possession of a firearm without a legal permit
- Possession of an assault rifle or sawed-off shotgun
- Transporting firearms through the state of New Jersey from another state
What are the consequences of possessing an illegal firearm?
There are several different penalties you may face for possessing an illegal firearm. Illegal possession of an airsoft rifle, spring gun, shotgun, or rifle is considered a third-degree crime. Additionally, if you are caught in the unlawful possession of a machine gun, handgun, or assault rifle, you are committing a second-degree crime.
What is an upgraded offense?
If you are caught using an illegal weapon while committing another crime, your charges will most likely be even further compounded. For example, if you were robbing a bank with an illegally-owned weapon, there is a very good chance the penalties you will face are going to be even more severe. You may also be subjected to the No Early Release Act, which means you are required to serve at least 85% of your sentence before you can even be considered for parole. Please do not wait. Contact a knowledgeable attorney today.
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