We have been granted the right to bear arms under the Constitution of the United States of America. Despite that fact, we must still abide by state laws which regulate how, where, and when we are able to carry guns and weapons. A firearms conviction can carry fines, prison sentences, and the loss of the right to bear arms.
Gun law in New Jersey can be complicated; a misinterpretation of a regulation could lead to criminal charges. The help of an experienced criminal defense attorney can make the difference between harsh penalties and a dismissal of charges. If you are facing firearms charges in Atlantic County, attorney Joseph D. Lento is in your corner.
Atlantic County Weapons-Related Crimes
The severity of penalty you may face for a gun/weapon charge will depend on the exact crime for which you are being prosecuted. Your attorney will be able to fully explain the extent of the penalties you are facing, taking into account the exact charges and your past criminal record (if any). However, some offenses commonly seen in Atlantic County include:
Possessing a Weapon for Criminal Purposes (2C:39-4)
Any individual discovered to possess a firearm, explosives, or destructive devices for illegal conduct will be charged with an offense of the second-degree. Any person who possesses a “community gun”, a gun used by multiple individuals to commit criminal acts will face offenses of the second-degree. This will carry a minimum of a three-year prison sentence.
Possession or Transportation of Firearms
New Jersey prohibits the possession or transport of a shotgun or rifle unless you have a valid firearms purchaser identification card (FPIC). In order to legally transport or possess a handgun, a valid New Jersey handgun permit is required.
Any individual in possession of a firearm who is simply passing through New Jersey must do so while following federal law, namely 18 U.S. Code § 926A. This law requires that the firearm is unloaded and is not “readily accessible” from the passenger area of the vehicle.
Possessing a Weapon Where Prohibited
Weapons all kinds are prohibited on the property of:
- educational locations such as schools (public and private elementary and secondary schools and universities (such as Atlantic Cape Community College, Rutgers at Atlantic Cape Community College, and Stockton University)
- all casino facilities and includes the casino security staff unless permission is obtained from the State Police.
Atlantic County is home to Atlantic City, which legalized gambling in 1976. Atlantic City is now home to several casinos. Even individuals who have a permit to carry a firearm are not permitted to bring such a weapon onto the property of a casino or educational institution.
Atlantic County Weapons and Firearms Defense Lawyer
No matter what evidence you think the state may have in your case, don't give up without a fight. An experienced criminal defense attorney knows where the weak spots are and how to exploit these to get you the best possible outcome for your case. To learn how the Lento Law Firm can join your fight, call (888) 535-3686 today.