New Jersey New Gun Laws

A restrictive New Jersey gun law passed in June 2018 went into effect on December 10, 2018. Guns and gun magazines that were once legal are now illegal. The possible penalty for breaking this law includes being charged with a fourth-degree felony that can result in 18 months in prison and up to $10,000 in fines or both for possessing the outlawed firearms or magazines (Source). We at Cash My Guns acknowledge the major plight this causes for law-abiding gun owners in New Jersey. Some estimates suggest that more than one million people are now considered criminals simply for possessing certain guns and magazines. In this article we discuss New Jersey new gun laws, which guns and magazines are banned, possible enforcement measures and one recourse available to New Jersey gun owners.

New Jersey Gun Laws 2018: A Closer Look

According to Donald Scarinci’s article in the Observer,

“In June 2018, New Jersey enacted a new gun law (AB 2761) that makes it illegal to possess a magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, commonly referred to as a “large capacity magazine” or“LCM.” Eight other states have laws restricting magazine capacity.

Under New Jersey’s law, LCM owners were given until December 10, 2018 to comply with the law. Their options were to (1) modify their LCMs “to accept 10 rounds or less;” (2) render firearms with LCMs or the LCM itself inoperable; (3) register firearms with LCMs that cannot be “modified to accommodate 10 or less rounds;” (4) transfer the firearm or LCM to an individual or entity entitled to own or possess it; or (5) surrender the firearm or LCM to law enforcement.”

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling above last week.

Which Firearms Are Still Permissible In New Jersey?

In addition to the newly effective law outlawing LCMs, New Jersey also prohibits the possession of certain firearms. According to Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence:

“New Jersey prohibits the knowing possession of “assault firearms” 1 (unless the purchaser or possessor is licensed to possess the assault firearm or the weapon is registered or rendered inoperable), defined to include:

More than 50 specified firearms or their copies;2.

A semi-automatic shotgun with either a magazine capacity exceeding six rounds, a pistol grip, or a folding stock; 3

A semi-automatic rifle with a fixed magazine capacity exceeding 15 rounds;4 and

A part or combination of parts designed or intended to convert a firearm into an assault firearm, or any combination of parts from which an assault firearm may be readily assembled if those parts are in the possession or under the control of the same person.5

Click here for a full list of the banned firearms.

Commonly owned guns such as AR-15s and Glock 19s have standard magazines that hold more rounds than what is now permitted. Glock 19s, arguably the most commonly owned pistols in the United States, are now a liability for otherwise law-abiding New Jersey citizens.

How Does New Jersey Plan to Enforce AB 2761?

Some have suggested that the only effective way to enforce AB 2761 would be for law enforcement officers to go door-to-door confiscating the outlawed firearms and magazines. The point of self-surrendering these prohibited items to law enforcement has passed.

Various media outlets have been pressing the New Jersey Attorney General and subsidiary agencies to identify what enforcement procedures will look like. At the time this article was written, no such statements on enforcement are known to us at Cash My Guns.

Others suggest that enforcement of the newly effective law will only be actively applied to people who are caught breaking other laws.

What Should Gun Owners Do with Now Illegal Guns & Magazines?

We at Cash My Guns are not in the business of telling gun owners what they should and should not do with their guns. Prior to December 10, 2018, some gun owners shifted their soon-to-be outlawed guns and magazines out of state. Others retained possession of guns and magazines that are now illegal.

It’s not unreasonable for New Jersey gun owners to want to avoid getting charged with a felony. Retaining ownership of banned guns and magazines might be a worthy protest for certain individuals, but plenty of us have families and cannot afford to spend $10,000 in fines or risk a very real prison sentence.

"Risks of illegal gun and magazine possession in New Jersey" graphic against prison background.

For those who retained their now outlawed guns and magazines, Cash My Guns offers the easiest, legal and hassle-free method available for selling unwanted firearms.

We are licensed to buy and ship firearms under our Federal Firearms License (FFL), and we follow the rules laid out by the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives).

Our FFL allows us to help you sell your firearms without going to a local firearms dealer in person.

You can sell your guns from the comfort and safety of your own home using

We professionally appraise every firearm that comes to us. We can also help you identify your gun if you’re unsure of the make and model. Gun appraisals follow strict guidelines based on: make, model, metal finish, wood & composite finish, overall condition & functionality, rarity, and comparative sales. Our appraisals are always fair, and we are always willing to explain our value assessment upon request.

We pay for the shipping and transaction costs associated with selling a gun. We pay to have the shipping supplies sent to you. Our firearm transfer methods are approved by the ATF and major shipping carriers. By using Cash My Guns, you save money in fees, not to mention the time and resources needed to sell a firearm private party.

We allow you to track your gun shipment during the entire process. You can feel safe knowing that your firearm will arrive at our warehouse quickly, safely and that you get paid.

Cash My Guns makes it as easy as possible for you to sell your unwanted firearms at no cost. Once your firearms have been received, we send you a check for an agreed-to value of the guns.Disposal of unwanted firearms doesn’t need to be a burden. Begin our safe,discrete and legal process here.

Lastly, we’re not suggesting that you part ways with your prized firearms indefinitely. Should gun laws shift back in your favor, you can purchase fine used firearms at


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