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New Jersey Security Guard Arrested for Possession of Licensed Gun

New Jersey is a classic case of a state that makes criminals out of law-abiding gun owners. A recent example illustrates how shall-issue CCW laws protect people against criminal violence as well as criminal charges. Even when lawfully carrying a concealed firearm, local police and prosecutors in the Garden State have arrested and charged residents with gun violations.

The latest example is Roosevelt Twyne, a 25-year-old man with a rare New Jersey CCW permit. He obtained it to legally carry at his job as an armed security guard. While traveling home from work in February, local police in Roselle Park, New Jersey, stopped Twyne for having tinted windows on his car. That usually is double-speak for: “We just wanted to pull you over for no good reason.”

Twyne immediately informed the police officers he is armed, has a permit to carry, was coming home from his shift as a security guard, and his home was a block away. Twyne had done all he could to comply with New Jersey’s convoluted “may-issue” CCW laws. The police cited him for unlawful transportation of a firearm with hollow-point ammunition. In New Jersey, if you are not on your own premises, you do not have the right to possess a firearm.

Apparently, in the view of local police and prosecutors, even if the state issues you a license to carry concealed, you do not have the right to do so while traveling in your car—even when you work as an armed security guard! That goes against state law, which clearly says those who are licensed to carry may do so while driving. Those who do not have CCW permits must unload their firearms, lock them in a box, the trunk, or otherwise secure them. Ammunition must be carried in a separate container and transported in the trunk.

During the traffic stop, Twyne produced his carry permit, firearms license, and fully complied with the police officer. He still wound up under arrest and facing charges. Like the vast majority of lawful CCW holders, Twyne did not escalate the situation and complied with the police, even when the police clearly were wrong. Now, Twyne perfectly is positioned to affirm his legal rights as a U.S. citizen and gunowner in a state notorious for discouraging lawful gun ownership.

Despite all his efforts to comply with state firearms laws and with a fully valid reason due to his employment, Twyne faces criminal gun charges. The charges caused him to lose his job, and he is having trouble finding more work in his field. His attorney cites the “befuddlement of New Jersey gun laws” and says they are “so convoluted and so messed up in terms of trying to do the right thing.”

Twyne’s situation is why many states enacted shall issue CCW laws over the past two decades. The laws streamlined statewide concealed carry processes and overrode more restrictive local laws. Residents like Twyne, took the time to complete firearms training and range qualifications to get his CCW permit. He needed it for his job as a security guard.

Shall issue CCW laws protect people like Twyne against unreasonable searches, seizures, and violations of their Second Amendment rights. Shall issue laws make it possible to carry concealed while driving, working, or just going about your daily routine. New Jersey might pretend it enables CCW permit holders to exercise their rights, but Twyne’s case proves otherwise.

To hear more excellent points on how absurd and ridiculous this case is listen to Colion Noir, a popular gun rights activist, spell it out. Noir makes an excellent point about anti-gunners.


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15 Responses

  1. New Chosie is the land of criminals, all of whom are government employees. The secret of a gu’mnt job in ‘Chosie’ is, ‘stupid is as stupid does’. Real citizens have no chance in ‘Chosie’.

  2. Sounds like New Jersey is as bad as the socialist people’s republik of Kalifornia. The socialist democrat party is in power always and invents more socialist anti American unconstitutional ‘laws’ every time the politicians come off of vacation!

  3. By Should’ve been a Cowboy
    I’d like to invite the NJ politicians who pass the unbelievably ridiculous gun laws in that state to take in hand any of a multitude of dictionaries and look up the word ‘infringed’ as quoted in the second amendment: “shall not be infringed.”
    Idgits.

  4. One of these Days the American People will either STAND UP for there Constitutional Rights, or just lay Down and kiss the foot of the MASTERS! The “REAL” difference between Social Communism, and a Republic form of Government is the Amount of PAIN YOU WILL ALLOW THE SOCIAL COMMUNIST PUT ON EVERYTHING YOU DO, BEFORE YOU WILL STAND UP AND “TAKE BACK” the God given freedoms the Republic of the United States of America gave you! Pain and a Slow DEATH, OR FREEDOM OF SELF TO WIN OR LOSE ON THE THINGS “YOU” Chose to do in LIFE!
    Pretty Simple, Communism or Freedom! You pick, but Time is NOT ON YOUR SIDE!

  5. F**K ! NEW JERSEY !
    or as i call it, “Little India”

    Bro, move out of that disgusting state! Come to Florida, you’ll never get pulled for having tinted windows. or for working.

  6. You know what I’d like to see even though I understand it will never happen and especially now with this sham of what we now call the supreme court is for Mr. Roosevelt Twyne and a slew of top notch
    attorneys taking this thing all the way to the scotus and finally putting an end to this frickin’ state BS.

    I’d for once love to see state dictators eat frickin’ CROW.

    And on top of that, I’d add the state reimbursing Mr. Twyne for every last morsel of reimbursement for the absolute horrid conditions they caused him as well as restitutions against the police, the
    department and the court system(s) for reinforcing this illegal and communist treatments of innocent peoples.

    THAT’S what I’d like to see. THAT darn it. THAT.

    1. As part of that “eating crow” a way to make them personally liable for damages and attorney fees.

  7. Time for the old Garden state to change the laws. Or better yet lets take them to court. NJ has a problem

  8. Jersey is full of illogical people who are on the wrong side of the intellectual bell curve.

  9. The employer should not have fired him. If the police pulled his permit they could have put him in a desk job or another position that does not require a permit to carry until the courts rule in his favor. I hope “go fund me” gets him all the money he needs to win his case. This whole thing is disgraceful and unamerican.

  10. Nothing is logical in Jersey. Hollowpoint ammo is illegal, they’d rather you use ammo that can go through two or three people.

  11. If we ever go to the point of enduring another hot civil war these people that have been overbearing in the application of laws under their charge are going to suffer harder than most others involved. I have no doubt they will be amongst the first casualties.

  12. Jersey is the same state where years ago 3 black kids were arrested for trying to back over some cops who then shot up their car. Their claim was the backup lights came and they thought they going to get run over. Nobody including the defense attorney caught this; If you order someone to shut off a car they will turn the key off and put the car in PARK and what happens when you do that, the transmission goes through REVERSE, and THE BACKUP LGHTS FLIP ON. Stupid cops, why were they standing directly behind a vehicle, they would stand in front of one. Unless REALLY dumb. Jersey laws and cops are dense. I lived in Philly at the time so got to read in the papers and hear every day on T.V.

  13. I spent 30+ years across the Delaware in Philly and got to this kind of crap up close. Every gun owner in Jersey should relocate. My wife’s uncle wanted a muzzleloader to hang over the proverbial fireplace and had to through the full background check in use at the time. If the feds don’t worry and such “weaponry” why should Jersey? The only use of muzzleloaders was years ago in Cedar Rapids when two guys attempted to rob a small cash-only gas station and the clerk opened up on them with a Walker Colt. It was near my workplace and as I drove by the station was fun of white smoke.

  14. There is a reason no guns are allowed in New Jersey. If you are a politician in New Jersey, there is a 86.569346 percent that you are corrupt and breaking law. The last thing you will want is a citizenry that can do something about your criminality. NO GUNS FOR YOU!

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