You read that headline right. New Jersey is making anyone, including kids, with an “unregistered” BB gun into a criminal. This is Chris Christie’s New Jersey, folks.
New Jersey’s Graves Act is one of the most strict anti-gun laws in the nation and it even makes owners of BB guns into criminals if they don’t register their “firearm” with the government. Apparently BB guns and air soft guns are included in the statutes as “firearms” in New Jersey.
“In all honesty, kids who are charged are looking at mandatory jail time,” said New Jersey attorney William Proetta, adding that under the state’s Graves Act, a conviction could lead to prison time. “The only defense is to request a waiver but if that’s not granted, young kids can get a felony charge and their lives are basically over.”
But this isn’t all mere speculation. New Jersey has already used this absurd law against one of her citizens.
“As recently as October,” Fox News recently reported, “a man was arrested in New Jersey for shooting an airsoft gun at a rubber duck for target practice, in his own yard. Idyriss Thomas, 22, was arrested in Glassboro, N.J., after police responded to multiple 911 calls from neighbors who reported seeing a man with a gun. Once police determined the gun was unlicensed, Thomas was taken to jail and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. His family posted a $2,500 bond.”
“I didn’t realize that what I had in my hand would cause the events that happened today. I had the airsoft gun in my hand, playing with it, taking shots at a rubber ducky–not harming anybody,” Idyriss Thomas told the media.
This sort of idiocy will continue to happen until the voters take control and put a stop to it all. Our governments from the smallest city, to the states and the federal government don’t care about our traditions, the Constitution or the law.
(H/T Free Patriot)