Weapons and Schools in New Jersey

Weapons and Schools in New Jersey

Gun Lawyers Serving Clients in Middlesex County and across New Jersey

New Jersey law expressly prohibits weapons at schools, colleges, universities, and other educational institutions. As such, there are serious penalties for possessing a weapon of any kind, including firearms, knives, stun guns, tear gas, BB guns, and imitation firearms, on school grounds. If an individual is found in possession of a weapon in or around an educational institution, he or she may face serious charges for unlawful possession of a weapon. These criminal weapons offenses are punished severely with significant prison time, a criminal record, and thousands of dollars in fines.

At The Tormey Law Firm, our attorneys have successfully represented thousands of clients charged with weapons offenses in New Jersey, from Middlesex to Morris, Bergen to Essex, and Hudson to Monmouth counties. Our firm’s founder, Travis J. Tormey, was recently named among the Top 10 Criminal Attorneys in New Jersey by the American Jurist Institute, and we uphold his standard of excellence by providing the most effective defense strategies to each and every one of our clients. If you or someone you love is facing charges for unlawful possession of a weapon or another weapons offense in New Jersey, contact us today at (201)-556-1570 for a cost-free consultation.

Weapons and Firearms at New Jersey Schools

The statute that prohibits firearms and other weapons in educational institutions is found in section N.J.S.2C:39-5 of the New Jersey Criminal Code, which addresses offenses that constitute “unlawful possession of a weapon.”

Firearms on School Grounds in New Jersey

According to this section, it is a third degree crime for a person to possesses a firearm in or on the grounds of any school, college, university or other educational institution, without the written authorization of the governing officer of the institution. Note that you can still be charged with this offense if you have a valid Permit to Carry a Handgun or a valid Firearms Purchaser Identification card. Third degree crimes are punishable by a sentence to serve between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State Prison.

Other Weapons on School Grounds in New Jersey

It is a fourth degree crime to possess any weapon other than a firearm or any weapon or components that can be readily assembled into a firearm or other weapon in or on the grounds of any school, college, university or other educational institution, without the written authorization of the governing officer of the institution. A weapon can refer to any item that is capable of inflicting bodily injury or causing physical damage, including: a defaced firearm, stun gun, gravity knife, switchblade knife, dagger, dirk, stiletto, billy, blackjack, metal knuckle, sand club, slingshot, cestus, ballistic knife, hollow-point bullets, leather band studded with metal filings, or razor blades embedded in wood. Fourth degree crimes are punishable by a sentence to serve up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison. 

Imitation Firearms on School Grounds in New Jersey

It is considered a disorderly persons offense for a person to possesses an imitation firearm in or on the grounds of any school, college, university or other educational institution, without the written authorization of the governing officer of the institution. Note that you can still be charged with this offense if you have a valid Permit to Carry a Handgun or a valid Firearms Purchaser Identification card. Disorderly persons offenses are punishable by a sentence to serve up to 6 months in the county jail.

Contact our Hudson County NJ Gun Lawyers Today

If you have been charged with possession of a handgun or weapon on school grounds, unlawful possession of a weapon, or another weapons offense, contact our New Jersey gun lawyers to discuss your case. Consultations are always provided free of charge.

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If you or a loved one is in need of assistance with a gun related issue in New Jersey, you've come to the right place. Contact our experienced firearms defense trial team anytime for immediate assistance at 201-556-1570. The initial consultation is always provided free of charge.


Areas We Serve

The firearms lawyers at the Tormey Law Firm represent clients charged with weapons offenses in Bergen County (Hackensack), Essex County (Newark), Morris County (Morristown), Passaic County (Paterson), Hudson County (Jersey City), Middlesex County (New Brunswick), Somerset County (Somerville), Camden County (Camden), Warren County (Belvidere), Hunterdon County (Flemington), Monmouth County (Freehold), Ocean County (Toms River), Burlington County (Mount Holly), Sussex County (Newton), Mercer County (Trenton) and throughout New Jersey.

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