“Encouraged by the state Senate’s recent vote to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a firearms bill, a state Assemblywoman will try to revive another gun-control measure also rejected by the governor but strongly supported by advocates for domestic violence victims,” nj.com reports. That would be A4218, which mandates that any New Jerey resident subject to a temporary restraining order surrender all weapons (hammers? kitchen knives? baseball bats?), their firearms owners identification card and related permits. Regardless of what you think of that law, here’s a particularly galling provision . . .
The provisions of this subsection prohibiting a defendant from possessing a firearm or other weapon shall not apply to any law enforcement officer while actually on duty.
So, a cop judged dangerous enough to his spouse, significant other or family that the state deems it necessary to take away his firearm can still carry one when on duty. Because . . . lawmakers want police to back gun control measures. [Note: theatlantic.com reports that “Research suggests that family violence is two to four times higher in the law-enforcement community than in the general population.”]
Regular readers will know that “cop carve outs” for gun control laws are nothing new. Back in May, we reported on the police exception for Connecticut’s new gun violence restraining order. Retired New York police officers are excluded from the SAFE Act’s ban on “assault weapons” and “large capacity magazines.” And so on. The New Jersey carve-out for domestic violence-related restraining orders is not right, but it is par for the course.