In a brief (not to mention rare) moment of lucidity, New Jersey prosecutors have dropped the moronic charges against armed security guard Roosevelt Twyne. The law-abiding gentleman was arrested for carrying a firearm while having a license to carry, and for possession of hollowpoint ammuntion that isn’t hollowpoint ammunition.
One violation of the state’s firearm transport ban and another pertaining to hollow-point bullets. The latter charge was dropped after Union County prosecutors decided the ammunition Twyne was carrying was not illegal. Until Friday, prosecutors were seeking an additional charge on the transport ban.
That seemed pretty clear — or should have been — from the start, since the New Jersey State Police say the Hornady ammunition Twyne had is lawful.
From the Union County prosecutor’s magnanimous announcement:
“This Office has elected to exercise its prosecutorial discretion and has administratively dismissed all charges pending against Mr. Twyne,” the office said in a statement to Newsweek. “It is not in the interests of justice to continue his prosecution.”
Maybe they considered just how stupid they’d look when Twyne’s attorney, Evan Nappen, introduced this bit of evidence in court.
Well done, Mr. Nappen.
All’s well that ends well for Mr. Twyne, but New Jersey still has the arcane, convoluted, confusing, and downright stupid collection of violence-enabling victim disarmament laws that even their alleged professionals can’t figure them out. All the better to entrap you.