NJ Dad threatened by police to have his children removed by DYFS over this pic of his son holding a rifle
National Review, along with the AP and others are now reporting on the story of Shawn Moore who posted a photo of his son Josh holding a gun on Facebook which prompted someone to report him to the Department of Youth and Child Services in New Jersey. Thankfully the father stood his ground and his wife contacted him as soon as the police and DCYF showed up at their door. Moore also got his lawyer on the phone right away for advice. Moore's son is legally licensed and trained to hunt in the state of NJ as well, therefore he had every right to pose with his gun, which was a gift from his father. Why someone would call DCYF on him over a perfectly legal picture is beyond me.
According to National Review, "Americans worried about the prospect of door-to-door firearm searches, especially in light of Chuck Schumer’s terrible new background-check legislation, should familiarize themselves with the case of Shawn Moore and his eleven-year-old son — and take note of the calm way in which he dealt with the violation of his privacy."
As National Review points out, "the story is worrying in and of itself. But what is far, far worse is the presumption that there is something inherently wrong with children possessing and learning how to use firearms. Before Leftists incorporated craven hoplophobia into their public philosophy, it was normal for children to be given guns and taught to use them. They even taught shooting in schools. In 2013? A photograph posted to Facebook is deemed sufficient justification for four police officers to visit a private residence — with neither a warrant nor legal justification — and to deliver illegal threats to remove a citizen’s children.
This is what I posted yesterday from The Blaze at Little Bytes News Current Events [by the way if you aren't following me there or on twitter you should to get the latest news I don't always have time to blog]:
Did this photograph spark a police action that tried to enter a New Jersey home without a warrant? That's the story being told on a website dedicated to "Open Carry" in the state of Delaware.
b.No person under the age of 18 years shall possess, carry, fire or use a firearm except as provided under paragraphs (1), (2), (3) and (4) of this subsection; and, unless authorized in connection with the performance of official duties under the provisions of N.J.S.2C:39-6, no person under the age of 21 years shall possess, carry, fire or use a handgunexcept under the following circumstances:(1)In the actual presence or under the direct supervision of his father, mother or guardian, or some other person who holds a permit to carry a handgun or a firearms purchaser identification card, as the case may be; or(2)For the purpose of military drill under the auspices of a legally recognized military organization and under competent supervision; or(3)For the purpose of competition or target practice in and upon a firing range approved by the governing body of the municipality in which the range is located or the National Rifle Association and which is under competent supervision at the time of such supervision or target practice or instruction and training at any location; or(4)For the purpose of hunting during the regularly designated hunting season, provided that he possesses a valid hunting license and has successfully completed a hunter’s safety course taught by a qualified instructor or conservation officer and possesses a certificate indicating the successful completion of such a course.c. A person who violates this section shall be guilty of a crime of the fourth degree. For purposes of this section the fact that the act would not constitute a crime if committed by an adult shall not be deemed to prohibit or require waiver of family court jurisdiction pursuant to N.J.S.2C:4-11 or to preclude a finding of delinquency under the “New Jersey Code of Juvenile Justice,” P.L.1982, c.77 (C.2A:4A-20 et seq.), P.L.1982, c.79 (C.2A:4A-60 et seq.), P.L.1982, c.80 (C.2A:4A-76 et seq.) and P.L.1982, c.81 (C.2A:4A-70 et seq.).
As I wrote in my original post at LBN Current Events on this story:
Is there a law that says you can't take a picture of your son with a weapon that is registered under your name?? Is there a law against a minor child holding/using a weapon under parent supervision??
Not to my knowledge, but I'm sure the liberal anti-gun nuts are working on passing laws against taking a picture with a gun and your child soon.
Thankfully, Scary Reid removed the 'assault weapons ban' portion from the Senate Gun Control bill today: 3/19/13
The leader of the Democrat-controlled Senate on Tuesday dropped a proposed assault weapons ban from the chamber’s gun-control package – dealing a blow to supporters of the ban, though it could still come up for a vote.
The sponsor of the measure, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., revealed that Reid told her the proposed ban would not be in the initial package. Feinstein said she's "disappointed" with the decision, and is expected to nevertheless offer it as an amendment.
But the move by Reid to cut it from the main bill signals a lack of congressional support for a proposal that would not only revive, but strengthen, the decade-long ban that expired in 2004.