Here, in NJ, law abiding gun owners sometimes find themselves in the crosshairs of the criminal justice system for having hyper-technical infractions of an amazingly complex set of laws. As if the situation wasn’t worthy of attention for that fact alone, memoranda such as the Graves Act memo promulgated by the State Attorney General’s office remove relief valves such as pre-trial intervention, leaving nothing but prison terms remaining for people that make simple mistakes.
A couple of years ago, some high profile cases from out-of-state caused the AG to revise their Graves act memorandum. In the 2014 Graves Act Clarification memo, NJ stated:
Recent events have focused public attention on how prosecutors exercise discretion in cases where a resident of another state brings into New Jersey a firearm that had been acquired lawfully and that could be carried lawfully by that visitor in the visitor’s home jurisdiction. Under current New Jersey law, these otherwise law-abiding persons are subject not only to arrest, prosecution and conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm, but also to enhanced punishment – a mandatory minimum State Prison sentence – under the “Graves Act”.
It calls such this “neither necessary nor appropriate”.
But NJ is now considering changes to the laws that affect residents. One of them in particular will change the magazine size restrictions (which currently allow magazines that hold 15 rounds) to limit them to 10 rounds max.
If you owned several magazines at the current legal limit, you will become a felon as soon as this bill is signed into law.
You will not receive notice that the law changed. You can and will be charged if it’s found in your possession.
Sadly, this has happened before. I wrote about it here: Just because I’m paranoid: addressing obstacles to gun control
It appears that no one heeded my advice. This won’t end well for someone.