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New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States, which has ultimately resulted in a number of arrests for those who live out of state and have gun licenses. For example, there have been numerous arrests for unlawful possession of a firearm that can result in up to 10 years in prison for a gun owner who was simply visiting New Jersey and had a permit for their home state.

Governor Christie has pardoned many of these arrests for people who are legally allowed to own guns out of state. Just this week, two military veterans who were arrested received pardons from the state because they both were in possession of handguns. New Jersey does not permit anyone to carry handguns legally. In New Jersey, there is no distinction between concealed carry and open carry, but in order to have one in your possession, you must obtain a Permit to Carry. It is also important to be aware that you need a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card for possessing any rifles or shotguns.

If you have been arrested for the unlawful possession of a firearm in New Jersey, it is imperative that you obtain effective legal counsel. For gun owners who live out of state but were arrested in New Jersey, you may be able to receive a pardon. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your matter. 

If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for matters of personal injury, medical malpractice, medical device injuries, unsafe drug injuries, consumer protection, bankruptcy, SSD, or criminal law in New Jersey, please contact Tomes & Hanratty, P.C. and we will be happy to assist you.