Open Carry New Jersey

AR-15

What happens if you open carry in New Jersey?

According to NJ.com:

A Plainfield man walking down a North Plainfield street carrying an AR-15 rifle has been charged with multiple weapons offenses, while a second unidentified individual seen carrying a long firearm remains missing, authorities said.  All information is according to a statement from Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano and North Plainfield Police Chief William Parenti.

At about 1:04 a.m. Wednesday, Cheo Amilcar Billups, 21, of Plainfield, was seen walking down the middle of Watchung Avenue with a second, unidentified individual by North Plainfield Police officer Jesus Medina.

Medina left his patrol vehicle and approached the pair who ran and hid behind a trash container. The individuals then fled the area on foot.

So, apparently, New Jersey is not an open carry state, and it is illegal to walk around with an AR-15.

While Medina was pursuing the individual later identified as Billups, Billups discarded an AR-15 onto the street.  As the foot pursuit continued the two individuals split up and headed in two directions.

Medina, assisted by Officer Rick Dow, apprehended Billups just over the Plainfield city line in possession of a fully-loaded high capacity magazine for the AR-15.

Plainfield Police and the South Plainfield K9 Unit assisted North Plainfield Police in a search of the area for the second person, who was never found.  However, a 12-gauge shotgun was recovered on Pearl Street where the second individual had been heading.

Billups was charged with second-degree unlawful possession of an assault weapon, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and fourth-degree possession of a high-capacity magazine.

He was lodged in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of $75,000 cash or bond bail set by Judge Paul W. Armstrong in state Superior Court in Somerville, the statement said.

New Jersey is a “license only” open carry state.

(Updated)

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