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New Jersey’s Gun Laws Are So Strict. Actor Is Facing Charges for Using Prop gun

dinocoor

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I wonder if the film crew were detained for their crime?

This charge seems to be over excessive. Just because this actor possessed "firearms" aka airsoft gun w/o permit.

If the information I've given correctly about the NJ's law, BBs, airsoft, and paintball guns are considered to be weapons or firearm catagory and one must require permit before purchasing.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_issues_in_airsoft

Based on what I've been told before attending an airsoft match. The refs claim that if the player isn't following the safety rules in airsoft (in worst case) this can turn into manslaughter. I'm guessing this is one of the reasons why airsoft guns are now called firearms according to (insert location here) law.

(Sub off topic) There were some criminals that brandished BB guns to victims. Sometimes I think the media/antis politically use this as "gun crime rate." [emoji58]

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/jul/13/increased-criminal-use-of-airsoft-guns-worries/








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MAC702

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Well, it seems fair to add some pertinent details:

The scene the group was filming depicted a car chase with the actor pretending to shoot a gun out of the window of the car. Bellario had a realistic-looking, unloaded airsoft gun as his prop.

Neighbors were unaware that a movie was being filmed and called police.

Bellario says several police officers responded to the scene.

“They rolled up hot. There was eight of them. They got out. They were all charged up, 'who's the guy driving, where's the guy with the gun?'” he says. “I said, 'I'm right here, we're actors, we're shooting a movie.’ I'm in character still. It was in my waistband. I pulled it out slowly because I don't want to make the wrong move."

The producers of the movie did not have a permit to film in the neighborhood, so police did not know they would be there.
I'm all in favor of low-budget, independent films, but it's pretty idiotic to film a movie like that without informing the neighbors, even if you are a rebel and don't get a permit and tell the cops.

(sub off topic) I don't think it's much of a stretch that bad guys will just have cameras with them now. If they get caught: "Hey, man, we're just filming a movie!"
 
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