State Goes After BB Guns: “Young Kids Can Get a Felony Charge”

In New Jersey, an unregistered BB gun could mean jail time.

That’s right…a BB gun. That iconic, much-desired gift from the movie, A Christmas Story. Apparently the government is just as deeply concerned about the potential of someone putting an eye out with a BB gun as Ralphie’s mother was. They are so concerned that if you don’t register your air gun, pellet gun, or BB gun, you could go directly to jail. Do not stop, do not pass go, do not collect $200.

The Graves Act is the primary statute that forms the spine of New Jersey’s oppressive gun control laws. It requires a minimum term of imprisonment and ineligibility for the violation of gun laws, even for first time offenders. Children are not exempt – they too are subject to strict punishment under the harsh gun control law. Punishable violations under the act include:

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