If you're planning to play or purchase an Airsoft gun in the state of New Jersey, it is important that you educate yourself on the state's gun laws, which were amended in 2008 to include Airsoft guns.
Revised Airsoft Laws
On Nov. 8, 2007 senator Bob Smith submitted amendments to the state legislature that were designed to restrict the sale and use of Airsoft guns. All Airsoft guns are now considered firearms and are subject to the same rules and regulations as conventional handguns and rifles.
Sale and Licensing Requirements
Potential owners of Airsoft rifles or pistols must "obtain a permit to purchase the gun, pass a criminal background check, and not be subject to any disqualifications for firearms ownership." Buyers must also be at least 21 years old to purchase Airsoft handguns and 18 years old to purchase Airsoft rifles.
Penalties for Unlicensed Use
Owning or using an unlicensed Airsoft pistol or rifle could lead to stiff criminal charges including "unlawful possession of a weapon or possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose." Ryan Narcisco was pulled over for speeding in central New Jersey and arrested when the officer noticed a Gamo P-23 Airsoft gun sitting in the passenger seat. Under New Jersey's Airsoft laws, Narcisco could face three years in prison.