NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Neil Raciti, 47, president of the Milltown Town Council, has been charged with possession of an assault weapon, a send-degree offense, and one count of possession of a high capacity magazine.  

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Raymond Geipel of the Milltown Police Department announced that Raciti, also Middlesex County Sheriff’s Officer, was charged with two weapons offenses after an assault rifle and nine magazine clips were seized from his home. Bail was set at $25,000. He was released after posting 10 percent.

An investigation by the Milltown Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office identified the weapon as an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. The nine magazine clips each were loaded with ammunition and could be used to load the rifle.  While the trigger mechanism on the weapon had been removed, Raciti was charged because he had failed to properly register the weapon with police, thus making ownership illegal.

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The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office notes that "Although possession of assault rifles is illegal in New Jersey, there was a period between May 30, 1990 and May 30, 1991 in which owners of such weapons could lawfully keep them if they registered the guns with police as target rifles or rendered the weapons inoperative."

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Raciti are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.