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NJ BB Gun Law

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Jersey City, New Jersey (My9NJ) - A bill that was signed by Governor Christie says that BB guns will be treated the same as real firearms. This means that possession of a BB gun is a felony in New Jersey.

Gun instructor, Lateif Dickerson, says that the make of some BB guns could easily be mistaken for a real gun, but he still thinks this law goes too far.

“They are blaming the weapon and not the activity or the action or the criminal act that was done,” he said.

Committing a crime with a BB gun in New Jersey is already against the law, so many gun advocates are questioning why a simple possession would result in a felony charge.

On Facebook people had mixed feelings about this law. Donald said, “Why not just crackdown on the manufacturers and stop them from making guns that look so much like real guns and that would solve the problem.”

The law states that you can get in trouble if you don’t get a permit to carry the weapon first. This doesn’t just include BB guns, but air guns, spring guns and “anything that has a propelling force with a spring or an elastic band”. It also depends on the size of the pellet or bullet that you are using. Anything that is less than 3/8-inch in diameter could land you in jail.

Ex NFL player and avid hunter, Brandon Noble, chimed in on how this law could pose a problem for parents around the holidays.

“I have kids; this is half of the Christmas list. I live in Pennsylvania and thankfully we don’t have to call Santa and dial it back a bit, but this is one of those things, common sense when you got a bunch of kids in the neighborhood. I grew up playing with toy guns. I’m comfortable with firearms now because of that. Let the kids play with it; teach them the right way to use them. There is no common sense left,” he said.


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