Penalties for Unlawful Possession of a BB Gun, Pellet Gun or Air Soft Gun Can Be Severe Under New Jersey Law

The site of a crossman bb gun used to be commonplace in the homes of my friends when I was growing up. Once and a while, you would also come across a friend or his older brother that had a pellet gun. These days, the classic bb gun seems to have been replaced by what are commonly referred to as airsoft guns or even paintball guns. These items are often purchased by innocent children or adults who Continue Reading...

Handgun at an Atlantic City Casino: Prescription for Disaster in New Jesey

One would be shocked by the number of telephone calls I get every year from individuals arrested for illegal weapon possession at or on their way to a NJ casino. The scenarios go on and on. There is the guy who is charged when a pistol is discovered by police as a result of a domestic event with a wife, girlfriend, or boyfriend at a casino. We also find individuals running into trouble by virtue Continue Reading...

Gun Charges in New Jersey: The Graves Act

The “Graves Act,” N.J.S.A. 2C:43-6(c), requires the imposition of a minimum term of imprisonment and parole ineligibility for certain gun-related crimes.  Until its amendment in 2008, the “Graves Act” only applied when a person was convicted of possessing or using a firearm while in the course of committing certain predicate crimes, or possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose in violation Continue Reading...