Can a Convicted Sex Offender Own or Purchase a Gun in New Jersey?

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Being charged and convicted of a crime of any kind is devastating, but this is particularly true when it comes to sex crimes. Once you’ve been convicted of a sex crime, you can expect to face years of incarceration, high fines, and a variety of other penalties. However, you should know that the penalties for a sex crime can extend far beyond your years behind bars. To start, in most cases, you’ll have to register as a sex offender, which means that your crime will become a part of the public record, making it very difficult to secure a job, certain loans, and even live in certain areas. If you’re a convicted sex offender, you may wonder if it will also impact your Second Amendment rights. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned New Jersey sex crimes attorney from the Law Office of Boyd & Squitieri to learn more about whether you can still own a gun as a sex offender.

Can I own a gun if I’m a convicted sex offender in New Jersey?

Here in the state of New Jersey, when someone is convicted of a felony offense, they are no longer allowed to own a gun. The majority of sex crimes are felony offenses, and so if you’ve been convicted of a felony and are now a registered sex offender, your gun ownership rights will be revoked.

In addition to losing your gun ownership rights, you will likely have to register regularly on the sex offender registry, and in many cases, if you change neighborhoods, the local police will go door-to-door notifying your new neighbors that you’re moving into the area. Rather obviously, this is humiliating and can significantly impact your life permanently.

For this reason, if you’re currently facing sex crime charges of any kind, the most important thing you can do is retain the services of a competent criminal defense lawyer who can combat your charges at every turn. Our legal team is here to protect you, and we will be, every step of the way. Give us a call today so we can get started working on your case.


Whether you’re facing sex crime charges, require assistance filing for bankruptcy, or are looking to go through foreclosure mediation, Contact the Law Office Boyd & Squitieri today.