New Jersey law prohibits a person convicted of firearm offenses from purchasing, owning or possessing a firearm.
New Jersey Statute 2C:39-7 prohibits any person who has been convicted in this state or elsewhere of the crime of aggravated assault, arson, burglary, escape, extortion, homicide, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, bias intimidation, endangering the welfare of a child, various drug convictions as wellas firearm offenses from purchasing, owning, possessing or controllinga firearm.
Violation of this section is a crime of the second degree and upon conviction the person shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than five years during which time the defendant shall be ineligible for parole.
Because of this law, you would be flagged in every state and prohibited from purchasing a firearm.
It is possible to have your record expunged. The following link is the law on expungements: http://www.recordgone.com/statutes/new_jersey_expungement_statute.htm
If you qualify, you should contact an attorney about getting this done. If the conviction is removed from your record, you would be able to purchase a firearm.
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