BERGENFIELD — A county SWAT team and police raided a house on Levitt Avenue this week and arrested two residents for illegally possessing an assortment of assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines, authorities said Wednesday.
Police recovered two AR-15 assault rifles with sliding stocks, a Ruger Mini-30 assault rifle with a folding stock and a Ruger Mini-14 assault rifle, along with four other firearms, a spokeswoman for the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement. Police also found three high-capacity ammunition magazines, a large quantity of ammunition and about 45 grams of marijuana in their search of the home on Tuesday, she said.
Keith Knaack, 47, and Laura Ruddiman, 53, were each charged with four counts of possessing an assault rifle, a second-degree crime, and three counts of possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines, a fourth-degree crime, the spokeswoman, Maureen Parenta, said.
Knaack also was charged with possessing a firearm despite having been previously convicted for intending to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, she said.
The pair were taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack on $75,000 bail, she said. Knaack remained in jail as of Wednesday afternoon, while Ruddiman had been released on bail, according to jail records.
Parenta said Tuesday’s arrests followed a joint investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office and the Bergenfield and Dumont police departments.
Authorities declined to say Wednesday how they became aware of the presence of the firearms in the house.
New Jersey has banned so-called assault weapons since 1990. State law prohibits the sale and possession of more than 50 specific weapons and any that are “substantially identical.” The ban includes semiautomatic rifles with magazines that hold more than 15 rounds, as well as those that have adjustable stocks, pistol grips, bayonet mounts, flash suppressors or a threaded barrel.