To answer this question, you first have to narrow your definition of “weapon.” There are laws regarding carrying a concealed handgun, which require carriers to have licenses for such a weapon, but it is not always legal to carry any weapon of your choice. Also, your location can affect the legality of possessing a weapon.
As a New Jersey gun possession lawyer can explain to you, carrying a handgun out in the open, or “open carry,” is illegal in our state. Carrying a concealed gun, or “concealed carry,” is legal only if you have a permit to carry a handgun. New Jersey law does not recognize gun permits or licenses from other states.
In order to legally carry a concealed handgun, you must ensure that you have done the following:
- Have undergone a legal background check with the Department of Justice.
- Contacted your local sheriff’s office for rules regarding obtaining a CCW license.
- Applied for a CCW license and have been approved.
- Followed all rules explained in your state’s CCW regulations.
Concealed weapons laws vary from state to state and it is important that you understand your individual rights. If you or someone you know has been charged with illegally carrying a weapon, contact the experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorneys of the Law Office of Jason A. Volet today at 732-503-8968.
Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a criminal trial attorney, Jason A. Volet focuses his practice exclusively on criminal and municipal defense in New Jersey and New York. He earned his B.A. in political science from Rutgers College in 1995 and his J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law in 1998. Mr. Volet began his career in the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, where he gained extensive experience prosecuting both juvenile and adult offenders. Now, as a criminal defense attorney, he uses that experience to fight for the rights of individuals who have been charged with a crime.