“[Richard] Shoop, dressed all in black and wearing a motorcycle helmet, walked through the mall armed with a rifle modified to look like an AK-47. The rifle was taken from Shoop’s brother, [Bergen County Prosecutor John] Molinelli said.” TTAG commentator OIBL reckons it was a “Ruger 10-22 using a drop-in stock kit that makes it look really, really mean.” And so the calls will come for safe storage laws to prevent the Shoops of the world (not to mention the Lanzas) from gaining access to family members’ firerarms. Only the great state of New Jersey already has such a law . . .
New Jersey law (Statute 2C:58-15) requires that all firearms be inaccessible to minors.
“A person who knows or reasonably should know that a minor is likely to gain access to a loaded firearm at a premises under the person’s control commits a disorderly persons offense if a minor gains access to the firearm, unless the person: (1) Stores the firearm in a securely locked box or container; (2) Stores the firearm in a location which a reasonable person would believe to be secure; or (3) Secures the firearm with a trigger lock.” Other states have similar laws restricting a minor’s access to firearms and including exclusions where applicable.
Oh wait. Richard Shoop wasn’t a minor. Huzzah! Another loophole for the Garden State gun grabbers to close. Not that it will do any good . . .