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New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer Discusses Firearm Laws


Interviewer: Good afternoon. We are here today with Mike Miller who's an attorney at the law firm of Helmer, Conley, and Kasselman, and this afternoon we are going to talk about firearms. Mr. Miller, we have heard all this stuff about how having a firearm in New Jersey can get you into all kinds of trouble. Could you tell me a little bit about that?

Mike: Certainly. New Jersey strictly regulates possession of a firearm, even if you are licensed in another state, if you are not licensed in New Jersey, you could find yourself in deep trouble. Possession of a firearm, outside of certain exceptions, calls for mandatory prison time. It falls under what's called the Graves Act. The main exception to that is if you do not have a criminal record, you are permitted to have a firearm in your own house. Other than that, you are looking at serious consequences, and my recommendation to you is to contact an attorney if you are ever charged with a weapon offense.

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