Atlantic County Firearms Attorneys
Gun Defense Lawyers in Atlantic City, New Jersey
If you live in Atlantic County and you’ve been charged with a firearms offense or you are interested in legally obtaining a handgun, rifle, or shotgun, the experienced weapons attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm are ready to help. Gun laws in New Jersey control all aspects of owning firearms: from buying, transporting, possessing and discharging guns. The firearms laws are complex and carry stiff penalties – so although an individual can navigate the statutes, regulations, and local ordinances alone, it is a good idea to discuss your gun related issues with an experienced attorney who is familiar with New Jersey’s firearms laws. For example, if you were involved in a domestic dispute and a gun was involved, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office may not only seize all of your firearms and your firearms identification purchaser card, but it may also charge you with criminal offenses that could result in jail time. On the other hand, if you live in Atlantic County and you are interested in legally purchasing a firearm, you will need to complete an application and submit it to the appropriate authorities. In either situation, the firearms attorneys at the Tormey Law firm are available to help including in Absecon, Egg Harbor, Hamilton, Atlantic City, and Galloway. Contact our offices now for a free initial consultation at (201)-614-2474.
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ATLANTIC COUNTY CRIMINAL COURT
The New Jersey Superior Court, Atlantic County Criminal Division will be the court that will hear any gun related offenses brought against you by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s office. The Criminal Division is located at the Atlantic County Criminal Courts Complex, 4997 Unami Blvd., Mays Landing, NJ 08330, is open from Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be contacted at 609-909-8154. For more information regarding the Atlantic County Superior Court Criminal Division, click here. The Presiding Criminal Judge of Atlantic County is the Honorable Bernard E. DeLury, P.J.Cr. and the Criminal Division Manager is Jill Houck who can be contacted at 609-909-8216. If you have to travel to the Atlantic County Court, Criminal Division, click here for directions.
ATLANTIC COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE
Common firearms charges filed by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s office may include, but not be limited to:
- Certain Persons Not to Possess Weapons – N.J.S.A. 2C:39-7
- Unlawful Possession of a Weapon – N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5
- Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose – N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4
- Unlawful Possession of BB gun, Airsoft gun, Pellet gun – N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b)
- Unlawful Disposition of a Firearm – N.J.S.A. 2C:39-9
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s office is located at 4997 Unami Blvd., Suite 2, Mays Landing, NJ 08330, phone: 609-909-7802. For more information on the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s office click here.
Arrested for a gun charge in a casino in Atlantic City?
We have represented a number of clients over the years who were arrested and charged with illegal gun possession in a casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Unfortunately, these out of state residents who have their legally purchased firearms with them are not licensed to carry their weapons in New Jersey and they are arrested for same. The typical charge is a 2nd degree unlawful possession of a handgun which is a serious felony charge in NJ punishable by 5-10 years in prison and there is a presumption of jail time even if this is your first offense.
Arrested for a gun charge in Atlantic County?
If you have been arrested and charged with illegal gun possession in Atlantic County, the judge will set bail. First, the prosecutor will either consent to your release or move for detention and ask the judge to hold you in jail while the case is pending. If they move for detention, a hearing will be held usually within 5 days of your bail review. At the hearing, the Judge will consider all of the circumstances including the following to determine if you will be held without bail or released with certain conditions:
- Seriousness of the charges
- Circumstances of the alleged offense
- Any prior criminal history, arrests
- Defendant’s ties to the community
- Defendant’s risk of flight
- Defendant’s risk to commit another offense, danger to the community
New Jersey has done away with cash bail so the Judge will impose conditions on a defendant if they are released such as:
- Check in with probation by phone
- Check in with probation in person
- Forfeiture of passport
- Ankle bracelet monitoring
- House arrest
ATLANTIC COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE UNIT
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office’s Domestic Violence Unit is responsible for handling firearms forfeitures. That is, if your guns were seized in connection with a domestic violence incident, the Domestic Violence Unit will conduct an investigation to assess the appropriateness of returning your weapons. To learn more about the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Domestic Violence Unit, click here.
APPLYING FOR A FIREARMS IDENTIFICATION PURCHASER CARD IN ATLANTIC COUNTY
If you are a resident of Atlantic County, you can apply for a firearms purchaser identification card at your local police department or submit your application to the Chief of the New Jersey State Police. For information about each of the municipalities in Atlantic County and their associated police departments, click here. To learn more about the gun permit application process, visit our Gun Permit Process in NJ page.
My Firearms ID application was denied, what can I do?
You can appeal. The appeal must be filed in writing within 30 days of your denial. There are many reasons why a local police department may deny your application including:
- Criminal history, arrests
- Domestic violence, restraining orders
- Mental health treatment, counseling
- Drug and alcohol addiction concerns
- Public safety and welfare
The good news is that you can fight the denial in court before a judge at a hearing. Your skilled attorney can attack the reasons for the denial and try to convince the judge that the appeal should be granted and you should be given a gun permit in New Jersey. Our skilled attorneys have handled numerous gun permit appeals throughout the State for clients with tremendous results. Contact us anytime for a free consultation.
PLACES TO SHOOT AND/OR PURCHASE FIREARMS IN ATLANTIC COUNTY
If you’re interested in visiting a shooting range or purchase a rifle, shotgun or handgun in Atlantic County, visit one of the following locations:
- Atlantic County Firearms Training Center, 175 Betsy Scull Rd, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Phone: 609 926-3491
- Lady Liberty Gunsmithing, 121 N Laclede Pl, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, Phone: 609-348-1900
- Hutton Hill Rifle and Revolver, Bairdmore Ave. & RR Tracks, Winslow, NJ 08095, (609) 926-1400
For additional assistance regarding firearms issues in Atlantic County, contact our offices now at (201)-614-2474.