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Unlawful Disposition of a Firearm

New Brunswick NJ Firearm Lawyer

Although unlawful disposition of a firearm is admittedly a rarely written offense in Middlesex County, the attorneys at our criminal defense firm do have occasion to handle this charge. The important thing for you to keep in mind is that this violation has serious ramification if you have been charged and fail to successful defend the case. The Law Offices of Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver represent individuals charged with a wide variety of weapon offenses in Middlesex County including possession of an illegal weapon, certain person not to possession a weapon, possession of a handgun without a permit and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. The attorneys on our staff will battle on your behalf to insure that you reach the best outcome irrespective of which firearm or weapon charge you are facing. We are former prosecutors with over 100 years of combined experience, including Jason Seidman, Esq., an ex-supervisor in the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. Jason and the other defense lawyers are ready to help you successfully defend your Woodbridge, Carteret, New Brunswick, South Plainfield or Helmetta criminal charge. Please do not hesitate to contact our experienced criminal defenses 732-246-7126 for a free initial consultation.

Unlawful Disposition of a Firearm in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:39-9

The New Jersey statute which governs charges for unlawful disposition of a firearm is N.J.S.A. 2C:39-9 which provides:

§ 2C:39-9. Manufacture, transport, disposition and defacement of weapons and dangerous instruments and appliances

a. Machine guns. Any person who manufactures, causes to be manufactured, transports, ships, sells or disposes of any machine gun without being registered or licensed to do so as provided in chapter 58 is guilty of a crime of the third degree (Degree of Offenses in New Jersey).

b. Sawed-off shotguns. Any person who manufactures, causes to be manufactured, transports, ships, sells or disposes of any sawed-off shotgun is guilty of a crime of the third degree (Degree of Offenses in New Jersey).

c. Firearm silencers. Any person who manufactures, causes to be manufactured, transports, ships, sells or disposes of any firearm silencer is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree (Degree of Offenses in New Jersey).

d. Weapons. Any person who manufactures, causes to be manufactured, transports, ships, sells or disposes of any weapon, including gravity knives, switchblade knives, ballistic knives, daggers, dirks, stilettos, billies, blackjacks, metal knuckles, sandclubs, slingshots, cesti or similar leather bands studded with metal filings, or, except as otherwise provided in subsection i. of this section, in the case of firearms if he is not licensed or registered to do so as provided in chapter 58, is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree. Any person who manufactures, causes to be manufactured, transports, ships, sells or disposes of any weapon or other device which projects, releases or emits tear gas or other substances intended to produce temporary physical discomfort or permanent injury through being vaporized or otherwise dispensed in the air, which is intended to be used for any purpose other than for authorized military or law enforcement purposes by duly authorized military or law enforcement personnel or the device is for the purpose of personal self-defense, is pocket-sized and contains not more than three-quarters of an ounce of chemical substance not ordinarily capable of lethal use or of inflicting serious bodily injury, or other than to be used by any person permitted to possess such weapon or device under the provisions of subsection d. of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5, which is intended for use by financial and other business institutions as part of an integrated security system, placed at fixed locations, for the protection of money and property, by the duly authorized personnel of those institutions, is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.

e. Defaced firearms. Any person who defaces any firearm is guilty of a crime of the third degree. Any person who knowingly buys, receives, disposes of or conceals a defaced firearm, except an antique firearm or an antique handgun, is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.

f. (1) Any person who manufactures, causes to be manufactured, transports, ships, sells, or disposes of any bullet, which is primarily designed for use in a handgun, and which is comprised of a bullet whose core or jacket, if the jacket is thicker than .025 of an inch, is made of tungsten carbide, or hard bronze, or other material which is harder than a rating of 72 or greater on the Rockwell B. Hardness Scale, and is therefore capable of breaching or penetrating body armor and which is intended to be used for any purpose other than for authorized military or law enforcement purposes by duly authorized military or law enforcement personnel, is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.

(2) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prevent a licensed collector of ammunition as defined in paragraph (2) of subsection f. of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-3 from transporting the bullets defined in paragraph (1) of this subsection from (a) any licensed retail or wholesale firearms dealer’s place of business to the collector’s dwelling, premises, or other land owned or possessed by him, or (b) to or from the collector’s dwelling, premises or other land owned or possessed by him to any gun show for the purposes of display, sale, trade, or transfer between collectors, or (c) to or from the collector’s dwelling, premises or other land owned or possessed by him to any rifle or pistol club organized in accordance with the rules prescribed by the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice; provided that the club has filed a copy of its charter with the superintendent of the State Police and annually submits a list of its members to the superintendent, and provided further that the ammunition being transported shall be carried not loaded in any firearm and contained in a closed and fastened case, gun box, or locked in the trunk of the automobile in which it is being transported, and the course of travel shall include only such deviations as are reasonably necessary under the circumstances.

g. Assault firearms. Any person who manufactures, causes to be manufactured, transports, ships, sells or disposes of an assault firearm without being registered or licensed to do so pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:58-1 et seq. is guilty of a crime of the third degree.

h. Large capacity ammunition magazines. Any person who manufactures, causes to be manufactured, transports, ships, sells or disposes of a large capacity ammunition magazine which is intended to be used for any purpose other than for authorized military or law enforcement purposes by duly authorized military or law enforcement personnel is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.

i. Transporting firearms into this State for an unlawful sale or transfer. Any person who knowingly transports, ships or otherwise brings into this State any firearm for the purpose of unlawfully selling, transferring, giving, assigning or otherwise disposing of that firearm to another individual is guilty of a crime of the second degree. The temporary transfer of a firearm while hunting or target shooting, the transfer of any firearm that uses air or carbon dioxide to expel a projectile, or the transfer of an antique firearm shall not constitute a violation of this subsection.

Penalties for Unlawful Disposition of a Firearm. N.J.S.A. 2C:39-9 makes unlawful disposition of a firearm either a third or fourth degree crime.  A third degree violation of this statute results in up to 5 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. A fourth degree unlawful disposition of a firearm offense carries up to 18 months in state prison and a $10,000 fine.

East Brunswick Failure to Make Unlawful Disposition of a Firearm

A charge under 2C:39-9 clearly has the potential to result in serious penalties if you fail to defend this charge. An attorney who is skilled in this area of law is definitely going to provide considerable assistance in avoiding these consequences. This is precisely what the lawyers at Marshall Bonus Proetta & Oliver can accomplish on your behalf. We are seasoned former prosecutors who are skilled in defending a broad range of criminal offenses. A lawyer is available now by calling our New Brunswick Office.