Today I’d like to talk to you about what happens if there’s a natural disaster or emergency. How do firearms come into play in those situations? What do you do? How do you handle it?

What The Law Says

You need to know that New Jersey actually has a law where, if there’s an emergency, the superintendent and the governor can stop all sales of firearms and ammunition.

Now, you remember Hurricane Katrina, where the authorities went in and were just confiscating guns, literally disarming individuals at some of their most vulnerable times; when 911 would be ineffective because of the police having to deal with the emerging situation. Well, this can happen in New Jersey as well. Even though under federal law, federal agencies are not allowed to do the actions that were taken during Hurricane Katrina, New Jersey has no such protection in its state law.

And you can well imagine that there may be a declaration by the governor, etc. to seize and take guns. So, be aware of that. Now, assuming there’s no such declaration moving or transporting guns, you’re still subject to the same exemptions for your transport. If you have a rifle or shotgun and it’s unloaded, and you have a firearms ID card, that’s your best bet because you don’t have to worry about exemptions, and you can have your unloaded rifle or shotgun with you in your vehicle, etc. as you exit for where you need to go. The best thing to do would be to stay tuned, pay attention to the news, and find out first how to take care of your own personal safety. Beware of firearms in natural disasters or emergencies.

If you have any more questions about this topic, feel free to give U.S. LawShield a call and ask to speak with your Independent Program Attorney.


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The preceding should not be construed as legal advice nor the creation of an attorney-client relationship. This is not an endorsement or solicitation for any service. Your situation may be different, so please contact your attorney regarding your specific circumstances. Because the laws, judges, juries, and prosecutors vary from location to location, similar or even identical facts and circumstances to those described in this presentation may result in significantly different legal outcomes. This presentation is by no means a guarantee or promise of any particular legal outcome, positive, negative, or otherwise.