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Lawyer: NFL player facing gun charges in New Jersey is licensed to carry in Texas

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

The lawyer for a Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver facing charges for driving with an unlicensed gun in New Jersey said he's licensed to carry in Texas.

Fortunato Perri Jr. said Josh Huff is licensed in his home state and that the gun was not loaded when he was stopped around 11 a.m. Tuesday on the Walt Whitman Bridge, which connects New Jersey with Philadelphia.

Huff faces charges for possessing the 9 mm handgun without a permit in New Jersey and for the magazine found with six hollow-point bullets. Police said he also faces a disorderly persons offense for having less than 50 grams of marijuana.

While Huff's gun license is recognized in Pennsylvania, WPVI-TV reported, New Jersey has strict gun laws and does not recognize permits issued in other states.

A court complaint said Huff was stopped for speeding, the station reported. When the Delaware River Port Authority officer inquired about a marijuana smell in the car, Huff handed over a container with suspected pot and told the officer his gun was in the driver-side door pocket, the complaint noted.

"He's obviously very disappointed at this situation," Perri told WPVI about Huff's reaction. "These types of cases are difficult in every state across the country and all states are different."

TheBlaze has previously reported on similar incidents revolving around New Jersey's non-reciprocity law and its strict gun laws in general.

Last year, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) pardoned a single mother arrested in 2014 for bringing her legal handgun into New Jersey from her home state of Pennsylvania — but not before Shaneen Allen faced a felony charge and years in prison. She was later permitted to enter a pretrial intervention program.

Allen said she believed her Pennsylvania concealed carry permit allowed her to bring her .38-caliber handgun into New Jersey — but became a felony suspect as soon as she crossed the state line. She alerted officers in Atlantic County she was carrying the gun when she was pulled over, which ultimately lead to her arrest.

This year a Pennsylvania corrections officer licensed to carry in his state was charged for illegally possessing a handgun in New Jersey after he said he was the victim of a drunk-driving accident. Like Allen, the officer told police he had a gun in his vehicle.

The state also this year denied a concealed carry permit to an Army lieutenant colonel with 27 years of service and who works at Picatinny Arsenal. And an actor and standup comedian this year said he's facing charges for using a fake gun while filming a movie in Woodbridge, New Jersey, in 2015.

As for Huff, Perri said he posted 10 percent of his $25,000 bail and was released Tuesday. The Eagles said in a statement they are gathering more information.

A Philadelphia Daily News columnist argued Wednesday that the Eagles should cut Huff over the incident, despite acknowledging that he "comes from a scarred and scary background. Any young player might transgress, and, given his history, Huff might regress. Sometimes, that is an employer's problem. Not this time. The Eagles cannot afford it."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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