What Happens if Your Gun is Lost or Stolen? | New Jersey

Hello, Evan Nappen here, U.S. LawShield Independent Program Attorney for New Jersey. Today, I’d like to talk to you about what do you do if your gun gets stolen.

You have gone out to eat and you return home to find your house has been broken into. Maybe, your gun safe is broken into, and someone steals your firearms.

Minor crimes are soaring during the COVID-19 pandemic and as states refuse to arrest low-level criminals, gun owners are left wondering what to do when their gun goes missing.

What the law says

First of all, you need to know that, in New Jersey, there is a law that requires you to report stolen firearms within 36 hours of your discovery of them being stolen. The law is there. The problem now is what happens when you make that report? How should you make that report? What needs to be included, and what risks are there to you if you make that report?

One of the things I would strongly suggest is that you document all your firearms’ make, model, and serial number. Make the list. Take photos if you can, but store that list somewhere else. Don’t store it with your firearms. Store it in a separate place, so that if your firearms are recovered, they’d be able to come back to you, and be able to get your property returned.

You need to be aware of all the ramifications, and this is why it’s important to have good counsel should you have this situation occur.

U.S. LawShield has created a unique add-on that provides extra coverage for this very reason. With Gunowner Identity Theft Coverage an Independent Program Attorney will provide crucial assistance, so you won’t have to deal with the fallout of a stolen gun or identity (affecting your right to carry) on your own. Crooks want to use your gun—not theirs. Don’t wait until it’s too late: add Gunowner Identity Theft Coverage now.

If you have any more questions about what to do if your guns are stolen, contact U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to your Independent Program Attorney.

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