New Jersey Gun LawsNew Jersey has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, with many residents finding it nearly impossible to obtain a permit to carry a handgun. That all may soon be changing, according to a story published at, which reports that Attorney General Robert Lougy has announced that New Jersey residents that can establish “serious threats” to their lives will be able to get gun permits processed in as little in a month. The new regulations would include threats that “are not directed specifically at an individual but which establish more than mere generalized fears or concerns.”

The changes to the regulations come in response to the homicide of a 39-year-old New Jersey woman last year who was murdered by her boyfriend in her driveway while her gun permit application was pending. She had filed an application not two months earlier that had been delayed past the 30-day processing limit.

Weapons Offenses can Result in Harsh Penalties

There are various legal restrictions on the possession and use of firearms and other weapons in New Jersey. These regulations limit the kinds of weapons that people can possess, the people that may possess weapons, the reasons that you may possess a weapon, and impose license requirements on people who would like to legally possess weapons. Some of the penalties that are associated with violating these laws include the following:

  • Probation
  • Fines
  • Restrictions on your right to own a firearm
  • Jail time

It is important to keep in mind that just because you have been accused of violating weapons laws does not mean that you will be convicted. For example, if the search that discovered the weapons in question was illegal, it may result in the case against you being dismissed. In addition, if you are a first-time offender, you may qualify for a diversion program that avoids a conviction.

Call David C. Barry Today to Speak with an Experienced New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer

New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, and criminal offenses related to weapons can result in serious legal consequences. For this reason, if you have been accused of a weapons offense, you should speak with an attorney immediately. New Jersey criminal defense lawyer David C. Barry handles each case he takes personally and is personally invested in obtaining a favorable outcome for his clients. To schedule a free consultation with David, call our office today at 732-238-8686 or send us an email through our online contact form.