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BB gun control: In New Jersey, kids’ rite of passage could mean felony
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Quote:BB gun control: In New Jersey, kids’ rite of passage could mean felony

Not only could you "shoot your eye out, kid," you might also go to jail for owning that BB gun in certain states.

New Jersey and other jurisdictions make little or no distinction between Daisy's classic Red Ryder BB gun immortalized in the film "A Christmas Story," and real guns. They must be registered and are subject to the same laws as any firearms.

“In all honesty, kids who are charged are looking at mandatory jail time,” said New Jersey attorney William Proetta, adding that under the state’s Graves Act, a conviction could lead to prison time. “The only defense is to request a waiver but if that’s not granted, young kids can get a felony charge and their lives are basically over.”

Virginia, which treats the rite-of-passage toys as firearms if they are used during criminal conduct, and other municipalities also heavily regulate BB guns. But New Jersey goes the farthest, according to Proetta.

New Jersey's strict Graves Act gun law covers possession of a BB gun right alongside serious gun control measures outlawing sawed-off shotguns, filing serial numbers off of guns or using firearms to commit crimes. Violating the act can bring a minimum three-year prison term and steep fines.

And the law is enforced. As recently as October, a man was arrested in New Jersey for shooting an airsoft gun at a rubber duck for target practice, in his own yard. Idyriss Thomas, 22, was arrested in Glassboro, N.J., after police responded to multiple 911 calls from neighbors who reported seeing a man with a gun. Once police determined the gun was unlicensed, Thomas was taken to jail and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. His family posted a $2,500 bond.

"I didn't realize that what I had in my hand would cause the events that happened today,” Thomas told Philadelphia's WPVI. “I had the airsoft gun in my hand, playing with it, taking shots at a rubber ducky - not harming anybody."

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Yes, you need a NJ Firearms ID card to buy BB's. It's been like that since at least 1991.
Vampire pig man since September 2012
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Yeah well we have a BB gun and BBs but can't shoot it in our township. So stupid.
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What I want to know is how many subscribe to the single-BB theory as regards Ralphie shooting his eye out, or whether you think there was a 2nd shooter (maybe one of Black Bart's men).
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gascolator;128161 Wrote:What I want to know is how many subscribe to the single-BB theory as regards Ralphie shooting his eye out, or whether you think there was a 2nd shooter (maybe one of Black Bart's men).

Good point, there was a couple of men spotted by the fence near the grassy area.
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gascolator;128161 Wrote:What I want to know is how many subscribe to the single-BB theory as regards Ralphie shooting his eye out, or whether you think there was a 2nd shooter (maybe one of Black Bart's men).

When in doubt... Blame Schwartz.
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