Charged With Possession of a Firearm or Other Weapon at a School or Educational Institution

Former Prosecutors That Include A Former Gun Task Force Director That Are Ready To Defend Your Weapons Charge

There are heightened standards under the law as it relates to possessing a gun, knife or weapon on the property of an educational institution such as a school or college. These charges are independent of other offenses like Possession of a Firearm for Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun, or a Certain Persons Not To Possess A Firearm. Our defense staff is well equipped to defend you on any of these varieties of charge. The lawyers at our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan Marshall, include:

  • A team of ten (10) attorneys who specialize in defense
  • Over 200 years of combined experience defending firearm and other weapon charges throughout New Jersey
  • Former prosecutors who have served at the highest levels such as Director of the Gun Task Force, Major Crimes and even the entire Trial Division
  • Certified criminal trial attorneys, a distinction enjoyed less than 2% of those licensed in the state
  • Decades of experience successfully representing clients arrested on handgun, rifle, shotgun and firearm charges

Our attorneys are happy to answer questions and provide helpful information to those seeking counsel anytime 24/7, including loved ones seeking assistance with a first appearance or detention hearing. Reach an attorney immediately at 1-877-450-8301 and please feel free to educate yourself using the information regarding the law of NJ that follows.

New Jersey Law: Weapon Possession at Educational Institutions

Strict rules apply for those who possess a firearm or other weapon on property of a school, college, university or educational institution under N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(e)(1). The extent of the related punishment and Grade of Crime hinge on the facts and circumstances involved. The following outlines the general laws in NJ for possessing a handgun, rifle, shotgun, pistol, or any form of weapon on high school, college or other property of an educational institution.

Firearms. There is an absolute prohibition in accordance with N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(e)(1) against possession of a firearm on school grounds or property without written authorization prior to entry thereon. Anyone who violates this provision by possessing a shotgun, revolver or other firearm on school, college, or other educational property is guilty of a Third Degree offense, even if they have a valid carry permit for the weapon. An individual is subject to up to five (5) years in jail, fines and assessments, and possible other supervision, upon conviction for a third degree crime.

Other Weapons: Knife, Bat, Etc. N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(e)(2) makes it a Fourth Degree crime to knowingly possess any other weapon. What constitutes a “weapon” can be a fact sensitive determination based on the appropriateness of the use of an object or device. For example, a bat can be possessed at a school, college or university or other educational institution without any issue under 2C:39-5(e)(2) whereas it is a “weapon” and violative of this law if the possession is to use it against the person or property of another. A Fourth Degree charge such as this carries a maximum of eighteen (18) years in prison.

Imitation Firearms. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4(e)(3) it is a Disorderly Persons offense to possess an imitation firearm while on school property. A conviction on this charge gives rise to a potential six (6) months in jail.

NJ Criminal Attorneys For Charges of Possessing a Firearm or Weapon at School

If you are seeking additional legal guidance relative to charges for possessing a firearm or weapon on property of an educational institution or school, our attorneys are available immediately at 1-877-450-8301. A member of our legal team is prepared to assist you and initial consultations with all of our lawyers are without charge. Give our law firm a call anytime if you need assistance.