The following is a video transcript.
My name is Evan Nappen and I am a U.S. LawShield Independent Program Attorney for New Jersey. I’m here today to talk to you about some of the myths of New Jersey gun law.
Myth Number One: New Jersey gun laws help fight crime.
One of the key myths under New Jersey gun law is that somehow New Jersey gun laws help fight crime. Nothing can be further from the truth.
The criminals routinely ignore New Jersey gun laws. However, New Jersey gun laws can turn law-abiding citizens into criminals, and that is because every gun law in New Jersey is at least a felony-level offense. And if you make a mistake, you can suffer the consequences. Keep in mind that New Jersey gun laws have nothing to do with the prevention of crime.
Myth Number Two: Possession of small recreational weapons such as BB guns and slingshots is permitted.
For example, did you know that slingshots are prohibited in New Jersey? New Jersey makes Dennis the Menace and Bart Simpson a felon. New Jersey says possession of a slingshot is a crime of the fourth degree that carries well over a year; it carries 18 months, in fact, of state prison for a simple possession of a slingshot.
Maybe you thought BB guns weren’t covered. No, in New Jersey a BB gun is a firearm, and possession of a BB gun is regulated in the same manner firearms are regulated. If you want a BB gun, you need a firearm license—the same firearm license that lets you buy a modern firearm. So, beware of the myths of Jersey gun law.
Myth Number Three: Grandfather clauses protect the possession of certain firearms and firearm accessories.
One of the most important things was the recent prohibition of magazines that hold over 10 rounds. If you have a magazine that holds over 10 rounds for a semi-automatic firearm, it is a felony level offense to possess and there is no grandfathering.
So, be very cautious in New Jersey and avoid the myths.
If you have any questions about the myths of New Jersey gun law, call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak with your Independent Program Attorney today.