Gun Control


Possession of Weapons for Unlawful Purposes is having a gun, firearm or weapon in order to use it unlawfully against a person or property, such as in the commission of a crime.

Unlawful Possession of Weapons is simply having a gun or weapon without the legal right to do so, such as a firearm that is illegal to own, or a gun that you don’t have the necessary permit or Firearms ID card.

Penalties for Firearms Possession in New Jersey

Penalties for Possession of weapons for unlawful purposes (N.J.S. 2C:39-4) are as follows:

Charge or Weapon  Crime Penalty
Firearm, gun, explosive, or destructive device 2nd Degree Crime Maximum of 10 Years in Prison
Other Weapons 3rd Degree Crime Maximum of 5 Years in Prison
Imitation Firearm / Gun 4th Degree Crime Maximum of 18 Months in Prison

Penalties for Unlawful Possession of Weapons (N.J.S.  2C:39-5) are as follows:

Charge or Weapon  Crime Penalty
Possession of a Machine Gun, a Handgun without a Permit, a Rifle without a Firearms Identification Card (FID), or a Loaded Rifle or Shotgun 3rd Degree Crime Maximum of 5 Years in Prison
Other Weapons 4th Degree Crime Maximum of 18 Months in Prison
Possession of a Firearm or Weapon on the grounds of a school (irrespective of legal permits) 4th Degree Crime Maximum of 18 Months in Prison

All New Jersey weapons charges need to be taken very seriously. The earlier you talk to a lawyer and prepare a strong defense, the better chance you’ll have of fighting the charges.

Please contact the Law Offices of Douglas C. Anton, Esq. for a case evaluation and to schedule an appointment.

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