TOWNHALL — So, we all know that the Garden State is where Second Amendment rights go to die. It’s a state where a senior citizen possessing a 300-year old antique flintlock pistol was arrested and faced a ten-year jail sentence. It’s a total disaster–and now even ex-law enforcement members are being prevented from carrying firearms. They may be campus police officers, but they still take an oath–and some carry firearms.
Yet, the 1997 law that then-Gov. Christie Todd Whitman signed didn’t include this brand of law enforcement. And New Jersey’s State Police aren’t giving any latitude until the legislature changes the text.
As Mark Di Ionno of The Star-Ledger wrote earlier this month, the impetus for the law that allowed ex-cops to carry firearms was the 1995 murder of former Hanover Township police chief John Deventer. He was killed trying to prevent a carjacking at Newark’s Fairmount Cemetery. As Di Ionno pointed out, the law barring niche police units is ironic since the one of the persons who gave chase to Deventer’s killers was a University Hospital police officer: