Gun sales in New Jersey are going up at a significant rate. According to the latest figures compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), gun background checks in NJ have risen by more than 40 percent since October 2015. (10,000 state residents applying for firearms identification cards in October 2016, as compared to 7,000 applications in October 2015.)
Although gun background checks in the United States reached an all-time high in the middle of 2013, right around the time following the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, they had been on the decline in New Jersey and elsewhere since then. However, during the past year, gun checks in the Garden State have once again gone up. This is also in line with overall data on gun purchases since 1998, with the total number of firearms background checks more than doubling in New Jersey since the FBI first started to check the histories of applicants for firearms through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
The rise in background checks is a strong indicator that more people than ever are also purchasing firearms. In New Jersey, a state resident must be approved for a firearms permit before being allowed to legally buy a handgun.
Eric Ruben, a professor at the NYU School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice, speculated that one possible reason for the recent rise in the number of gun permit applications and gun sales in New Jersey, New York, and across the US could be that the presidential election caused people to worry about what would happen to their gun rights.
Now that the election is over, it will be interesting to see if gun purchases continue to rise in New Jersey. One thing is certain: anyone wishing to buy a gun from a licensed firearm dealer in NJ will need to pass a criminal background check. Anyone caught violating the law and purchasing or carrying a firearm without a valid permit or ID card could potentially face criminal charges for unlawful possession of a weapon.
For more information, read the NJ.com article, “The Number of People Trying to Buy Guns in N.J. Is Skyrocketing.”
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a gun crime like unlawful possession of a weapon or possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in New Jersey, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. The aggressive criminal defense attorneys at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC know how to help you fight your criminal charges. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation about your case.