Earlier this month, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America convinced Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop to inject an anti-gun litmus test into his police department’s firearm procurement process. Nine days later, 109 Garden State members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns told the world they’re happy to sacrifice cops’ safety for political correctness. A week after that, Rabbi Joel Mosbacher returned from a European civilian disarmament tour to announce that he, too, wants police departments to force gunmakers to kow-tow to disarmament. And now Rabbi Elliott Tepperman of B’nai Keshet is twisting arms in Montclair, New Jersey, trying to inject politics where it doesn’t belong: equipping cops with suitable firearms. Montclair Police Chief David Sabagh says hell no! Ish. In fact . . .
In Montclair, the major purchaser of taxpayer-funded guns is the Montclair Police Department. Currently, the municipal police use .40 cal. Glock firearms as their official, department-issued guns. This came after a switch from Smith and Wesson 9mm handguns, which the department made around 1994, according to Lt. Angel Roman.
Montclair Police Chief David Sabagh said that the municipal police purchase new weapons on a five- to seven-year cycle. The department’s old weapons are traded back to Glock, which gives the department a discount on the new weapons.
“This reduces the cost substantially,” noted Sabagh.
Roman told The Times that municipal police consider factors such as efficiency, maintenance, accuracy, and safety when choosing what manufacturer to buy from.
Sabagh said that ethical considerations are not currently a main factor in choosing what gun to equip Montclair‘s police, but added that the Township Council has a right to offer its input. If the elected officials want the Police Department to add ethical factors into its purchasing decision, then the MPD would consider their advice.
We’ll take it into consideration. How . . . politic.
If it was me I’d say something like “This department will not do anything to sacrifice the safety of our officer or the general public, or interfere with the public’s Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms.” Of course, that second part is really, really funny given New Jersey’s de facto concealed carry ban. So . . . this is going to get worse.