New Jersey used to have "strict-but-reasonable" gun laws ( as these things go ! )Unfortunately, the laws were used as a basis to enact incrementally tougher laws, that evolved into the truly draconian code we have today.
In the "Garbage State" , anything you pick up and use to defend yourself is a "weapon", the instant you deploy, or offer to deploy it as such.If Granny threatens a would-be mugger with her cane,she is ( theoretically at least ) chargeable with: possession of a weapon other than a firearm,possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes (eg: threatening another ),and, a NJ invention : terroristic threats.
As might be imagined, any person who actually uses a ( gasp!choke! ) firearm for self-defense is beyond the pale in NJ !
Simply unbelievable that such a state of affairs could exist anywhere in the "land of the free and the home of the brave". I was aware that in recent years NJ has become one of the most liberal, and therefore most anti-gun, states, but I had not realized the situation was as bad as you say.
Thanks for the warning. Since I place a high priority on retaining my liberties and exercizing my rights, including the right to self defence, in the future I will do my best to avoid ever crossing the borders of the Garden State. I am sure there is a very good reason why it is necessary for you to live in such a repressive, anti-freedom environment, and my sympathies go out to you.