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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Only In New Jersey: Fake Gun Brings Real Gun Charges

“What happened to common sense?” That’s a question that has been asked many times in New Jersey in regards to their gun laws—see for yourself. Now, Republican Assemblyman Jon Bramnick is asking again.

Bramnick and Democrat Sen. Raymond Lesniak are working on a bill that would give prosecutors more discretion in cases where there was no evidence of criminal intent. The legislation is in progress thanks to Carlo Bellario—an actor and comedian who was slapped with gun charges and is facing up to five years in jail for having a fake gun while filming a movie in Woodbridge, N.J., last year. 

Attorney Jef Herringer is working with the prosecutor’s office to get the case dismissed on behalf of Bellario, who is currently barred from leaving New Jersey. “It is completely ridiculous that someone like Carlo has to worry about going jail for holding a prop gun,” Herringer said.