President Trump announced Tuesday that he is banning “bump stock” accessories for semi-automatic firearms in the wake of last week’s school shooting in Florida. Mr. Trump said he signed a directive ordering Attorney General Jeff Sessions to craft regulations banning “bump stocks” and other devices that turn semi-automatic firearms into automatic weapons. He said the new… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: February 20th, 2018 | Author: admin | Filed under: Donald Trump, Guns, News | Tags: bump stock, bump stock ban, Florida shooting, Parkland, Parkland shooting, President Donald Trump | 1 Comment »
Twenty years after the closing of Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital, thoughts on Parkland, Florida.
By Stuart J. Moskovitz
In 1966, Chief Judge Bazelon of the D.C. Appellate Court reviewed a lower court decision where the judge had said, “My jurisdiction is limited to determining whether [the patient] has recovered his sanity. I don’t think I have a right to consider whether he is getting enough treatment.”
Chief Judge Bazelon stated, “Absent treatment, the hospital is transformed into a penitentiary where one could be held indefinitely for no convicted offense.”
He then went on to note that in 1964 Congress had passed the Hospitalization of the Mentally Ill Act which provides, in part, “A person hospitalized in a public hospital for a mental illness shall, during his hospitalization, be entitled to medical and psychiatric care and treatment.”
He defined that requisite care by saying, “According to leading experts ‘psychiatric care and treatment’ includes not only the contacts with psychiatrists but also activities and contacts with the hospital staff designed to cure or improve the patient.”Art Gallagher | Filed under: Guns, Opinion | Tags: Florida, Florida shooting, Guns, Hospitalization of the Mentally Ill Act, Marlboro Pschiatric Hospital, Opinion, Parkland, Psychiatric Treatment, Stuart J. Moskovitz, Stuart Moskovitz | 16 Comments »
The handgun that Shaneen Allen was carrying when she was pulled over on a New Jersey highway could have sent her to prison for years if not for a pardon from Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Now the legal saga that kept the Pennsylvania mother of two in jail for 48 days has helped inspire a measure… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: December 26th, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: Gun Rights, Guns, News | Tags: Concealed Carry, Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, Gun Rights, New Jersey, Second Amendment, Shaneen Allen | Comments Off on Pardoned by Christie, Shaneen Allen pushed for change to U.S. gun laws
The U. S. House of Representatives passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 today, 231-198 with six Democrats voting ‘Aye.’ Fourteen Republicans voted against the bill, including Chris Smith and Leonard Lance of New Jersey. Congressman Frank Pallone, who along with Smith represents Monmouth County, voted against the bill.
“Today, the House took action to protect our citizens’ Second Amendment rights,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in a statement. “The truth is that concealed carry laws save lives. Right now, current law creates confusion for people who cross state borders with a lawful concealed carry permit. The legislation passed by the House today ensures that people who carry their legal firearm across state borders are protected under the law.” Read the rest of this entry »Posted: December 6th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Chris Smith, Frank Pallone, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: Concealed Carry, Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, Congressman Chris Smith, Congressman Frank Pallone, Congressman Leonard Lance, Gun Rights, New Jersey, Second Amendment | 1 Comment »
O’Scanlon slams Codey’s “ignorant” opposition to retired LEOs carrying guns
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law a bill that will allow virtually anyone who ever wore a badge in New Jersey to carry a firearm after they retire. The new bill, signed Thursday, substantially adds to the list of those who can carry firearms in New Jersey to virtually all former uniformed law… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: July 14th, 2017 | Author: admin | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Guns, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ Gun Laws, Richard Codey | 1 Comment »
Hisashi K.D. Pompey, Marine veteran from Virginia convicted under New Jersey’s draconian gun laws of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, will not have to report to State Prison on Monday. Governor Chris Christie commuted Pompey’s sentence to time served today.
Pompey was arrested on December 16, 2011 and convicted in 2013, according to the Governor’s Order. According to published reports, Pompey brought his gun, which was licensed in his home state of Virginia, into a Fort Lee nightclub. A friend took the gun from the Marine’s holster. No shots were fired and no one was injured.
Pompey was facing a 5 year prison term with a provision that he serve a minimum of three years.
Pompey’s application for a full pardon is still under review by the Governor’s Office, according to Chief Counsel Gregory Acquaviva’s letter to his attorney, Evan Nappen of Eatontown.Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Gun Rights, Guns, New Jersey | Tags: Evan Nappen, Governor Chris Christie, Gun Rights, Hisashi K.D. Pompey, New Jersey Gun Laws | 3 Comments »
John Lafergolo, 52, of Millstone appeared in federal court in Trenton this morning on charges that he possessed 36 machine guns, which are illegal to possess in the United States, according to a state by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s Office.
Lafergola was arrested at his Millstone home following a domestic violence incident on October 5, 2014.
According to the 2014 complaints Lafergola pointed a black 5.7X28mm Fabrique Nationale Herstal handgun model Five Seven at the victim. It is alleged that while Lafergola was pointing the handgun at the victim, he stated “I’ll blow your f***ing brain’s out”.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Gun Rights, Guns, Monmouth County News | Tags: Domestic Violence, Evan Nappen, Guns, John Lafergolo, Millstone, Monmouth County News, Paul Fishman | Comments Off on Federal Charges Filed Against Millstone Gun Owner
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama launched his unilateral attempt to crack down on illegal gun purchases on Tuesday, blaming the “constant excuses for inaction” from Congress as justification for his exercise of executive power. But in an emotional address quoting the Bible, the Constitution and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Obama also tacitly acknowledged the… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: January 5th, 2016 | Author: admin | Filed under: Barack Obama, Gun Rights, Guns | Tags: 2A, Barack Obama, Gun Rights, Guns | 1 Comment »
TRENTON — A commission created by Gov. Chris Christie to examine New Jersey’s tough gun ownership and possession laws on Monday recommended the laws be loosened to allow broader access to those seeking to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense. The New Jersey Firearm Purchase and Permitting Study Commission was established on the eve of Christie’s… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: December 22nd, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Gun Rights, Guns, Second Amendment | Tags: 2A, Chris Christie, Gun Rights, NJ Gun Rights, Second Amendment | 3 Comments »
TRENTON — For the second time this month, the state Assembly failed to corral enough votes to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bill that would involve police in deciding whether a person with a documented mental illness can get a gun permit. The Assembly voted 51-17 with nine abstentions, which count as no votes.… Read the rest of this entry »Posted: December 17th, 2015 | Author: admin | Filed under: Chris Christie, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature | Tags: Christie override, Gun bill, Gun Rights, NJ Assembly | 1 Comment »