[quote=“TonyWilliams”]As a matter of interest, does that NJ law cover bullets which have a plastic plug in the nose, like the German Action-type 9mms?
I also seem to recall that some hollow-points have had a thin metal nose cover so they look like FMJs.[/quote]
I believe the law refers to what state the bullet is in when it impacts the target, so if the nosecone is a fly-away nose cone, then it would be a hollow point. If it is designed to expand open, and has an open hole in the nose of the bullet, then it is a hollow point according to the law. The only gray-area I can think of is the Hornady Critical Defense, since it has a rubber plug in the nose meant for uniform expansion, but the bullet is a hollow point under that even though the plug is there when it impacts. This is one step away from the Cor Bon Pow’R ball with it’s solid plastic nose, which also causes the bullet to expand, but is closer in nature to the Federal EFMJ. One would assume that having hollow points with the tip stuffed with putty or something would not disqualify a person from being subject to the law, but the law doesn’t get into such specifics, so it would have to be hashed out in court as to the owner’s intent.
I’m fairly certain that although the police are being ridiculous with things like warning U.S. Marshals about carrying hollow points, that the law goes virtually unenforced unless a criminal is apprehended with a gun containing such bullets. Maybe if an officer noticed that you were carrying a concealed weapon and wanted to check your permit status he could also check the loaded ammo type, but otherwise I have no idea how they would know. I would think that if this law were being pressed hard against the average person, that the gun blogs would be lit up with stories of Gestapo-tactics, etc… as they always catch on to things like the man in Wash D.C. who is being pressed with charges of illegal ammo possession in D.C. for a few spent casings and a black powder shell of some sort.