Gun Rights Attorney for New Jersey
In order to buy a firearm in New Jersey, you’ll need either a Firearms Purchaser Identification Card from your local police station or a permit to purchase a handgun.
Sometimes, though, individuals may be denied a handgun permit or Firearms Purchaser Identification Card for one of several reasons. It may be due to a previous felony conviction, juvenile convictions, or a conviction related to domestic violence.
If someone falls into any of these situations, it doesn’t mean the individual is permanently unable to legally purchase a gun in New Jersey. These individuals have the ability to use New Jersey’s expungement mechanism to wipe the record of their juvenile or adult arrests and restore their gun licenses.
Getting pardoned by the Governor is another avenue to restoring a gun license in New Jersey, though this option is less common.
How Does Expungement Work?
Having your criminal record expunged means that the convicted will be isolated from the public and only visible to a select few people.
Once your criminal record is successfully expunged, you no longer need to disclose the expunged offense on your gun license applications. That means the offense shouldn’t affect your ability to hold a gun license in New Jersey. Expunged offenses also aren’t applicable under federal firearms laws.
Be advised that not all offenses are eligible for expungement. Some crimes like kidnapping, murder, aggravated sexual assault, and robbery cannot be removed from a person’s record.
It’s also possible for specific individuals to be ineligible for expungement, regardless of their offenses. People who have been convicted of multiple felonies (related to different incidents), have one felony conviction and four or more misdemeanors, or five or more misdemeanor convictions with or without felony convictions, will be denied expungement.
Contact an Attorney
Determining whether expungement will be an option for you to restore your gun license in New Jersey requires several steps.
First, you’ll need clarity as to what exactly is on your criminal record. Then, you need to know which of the crimes is affecting your New Jersey gun license. From there, you must determine if you’re eligible for expungement.
Your best bet when dealing with complicated legal issues like “how to get my gun rights restored in New Jersey” is to reach out to an experienced criminal attorney. There’s no better choice than Attorney Evan Nappen Law in New Jersey. We’re dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights and will fight to restore your gun license.