This article comes from DCClothesline.com
by Kimberly Paxton
In New Jersey, an unregistered BB gun could mean jail time.
That’s right…a BB gun. That iconic, much-desired gift from the movie, A Christmas Story. Apparently the government is just as deeply concerned about the potential of someone putting an eye out with a BB gun as Ralphie’s mother was. They are so concerned that if you don’t register your air gun, pellet gun, or BB gun, you could go directly to jail. Do not stop, do not pass go, do not collect $200.
The Graves Act is the primary statute that forms the spine of New Jersey’s oppressive gun control laws. It requires a minimum term of imprisonment and ineligibility for the violation of gun laws, even for first time offenders. Children are not exempt – they too are subject to strict punishment under the harsh gun control law. Punishable violations under the act include:
- Unlawful Possession of a Machine Gun, Handgun, Rifle or Shotgun, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(a), (b) or (c).
- Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3(b).
- Possession of a Defaced Firearm, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3(d).
- Possession of a Firearm While in the Course of Committing a Drug Distribution or Possession With Intent to Distribute Offense, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.1(a).
- Possession of Certain Weapons by Persons Previously Convicted of Specified Offenses, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7(a) or (b)(2).
- The Manufacture, Transport, or Disposition of a Machine Gun, Sawed-Off Shotgun, or Assault Firearm, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-9(a), (b), or (g).
- The Defacement of a Firearm, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-9(e). (source)
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