New York’s Plot to Gut the Second Amendment

December 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on Give Me Liberty:

This is from American Thinker.

This ruling could unleash a hydra that will entangle us all.

We sure cannot depend on the Supreme Court to defend The Second Amendment look how they screwed up on Obamacare.

On Dec. 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will hear oral arguments in the case of Nojay v. Cuomo.  At stake is nothing less than whether the Second Amendment grants substantive gun rights to American citizens, or is meaningless rhetoric that allows the government total control over what firearms citizens may or may not possess.

On Jan. 15, 2013, New York passed the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, commonly known as the SAFE Act.  The SAFE Act is beyond question the most draconian gun control passed in the history of the United States – and a cornerstone of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s stated plan to make New York “the progressive capital

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Gun rights, even in New Jersey

December 2, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on Starvin Larry:

I blogged in April about In the Matter of the Application by Michael McGovern, which offers some interesting (though non-precedential) views on New Jersey gun law. As I noted then, New Jersey requires a license to buy a handgun, and allows sheriffs to deny such licenses if the person was not of “good character and good repute in the community” or “where the issuance would not be in the interest of the public health, safety or welfare.” There is, however, an appellate review process.

Michael McGovern was denied a license, for several reasons. First, the Jersey City Police Department requires applicants to fill out extra forms, beyond those required by state law; McGovern refused to fill them out, arguing that state law didn’t authorize them.

Second, the trial court reviewing the department’s denial took the view that such uncooperativeness showed a lack of “good repute within the community.”


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November 1, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on Christian Patriots:


The city of New York has agreed to pay $7,500 in a settlement for wrongfully arresting a sculptor who was carrying a knife for his work.

The arrest came when an officer improperly classified his legal blade as a banned “gravity knife,” which opens with a flick of the wrist and locks, according to an advocacy organization.

“New York City’s outrageous persecution of those with common pocket knives must end,” said Doug Ritter, chairman of the activist Knife Rights organization.

“Knife Rights will continue to fight these unconstitutional abuses by the city until we win,” he said.

The owner of the knife was identified only as Jonathan W., at his request, to protect his identity, the group said.

“Jonathan was carrying a Spyderco UK Pen Knife with a non-locking blade in New York City when he was arrested for possession of an illegal ‘gravity knife.’ After considerable effort the charges…

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Authorities: Home Invaders Targeting Indian Families In New Jersey

October 30, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS New York:

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police on Thursday said home invaders have been targeting families of Indian descent in South Plainfield and Old Bridge, New Jersey.

The robbers have been storming into the homes of South Asian-American families, restraining the family members, and stealing undisclosed amounts of cash, electronics and jewelry, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office.

In each of the robberies, two or more masked men with handguns entered the homes through rear entrances before tying up the victims and ransacking the homes, prosecutors said.

The most recent home invasion occurred this past Tuesday in South Plainfield, prosecutors said. A family of five was targeted, and the gunmen took jewelry before running off, prosecutors said.

Earlier incidents happened this past Sunday, and on Monday, Oct. 20, prosecutors said.

No arrests had been made as of Thursday, but the investigation was active and continuing. Police and prosecutors would not…

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Police Search For Armed Men Wanted In Home Invasions In Old Bridge Township, NJ

October 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS New York:

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Police in New Jersey are searching for several armed men wanted in at least two home invasions this month.

The incidents occurred in the Oakwood and Country Place sections of Old Bridge Township.

One of the victims spoke to CBS 2’s Christine Sloan off camera. She said she is so terrified that she doesn’t even want to talk about what happened to her and her family, Sloan reported.

Police said three masked gunmen broke into two separate homes, terrorized the families, assaulting at least one person in each household and then taking off with cash and electronics, Sloan reported.

“They entered via the back of the house, they broke their way in, they had handguns and they demanded the money, once they got the money from everyone there and they had searched the house they then left,” said Capt. Robert Weiss, Jr. of the Old…

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Indictment Alleges 4 Edison Officers Planned Retaliation Against Cop

October 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS New York:

EDISON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Four officers with the Edison Police Department have been indicted for allegedly conspiring to retaliate against an officer from a different police department after he arrested an Edison officer’s relative for alleged drunken driving.

According to the indictment recently handed up by a Middlesex County grand jury, the officers are accused of improperly accessing information about the North Brunswick officer in early 2012. They also allegedly performed surveillance on him and his travel habits.

However, no actual retaliation occurred, according to prosecutors.

Among other individual counts, the officers — Michael Dotro, Victor Aravena, William Gesell and Brian Favretto — all face conspiracy and official misconduct charges.

They have all been suspended without pay, and it was not known Sunday if any of them have retained an attorney.

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4 Edison Officers, Officer’s Wife Indicted On Misconduct, Conspiracy Charges

October 24, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS New York:

EDISON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Four Edison police officers and the wife of one officer have been indicted for multiple charges in two separate incidents, the Middlesex County Prosecutor announced Friday.

Officer Michael A. Dotro, Officer Brian Favretto, Officer Victor E. Aravena and Officer William H. Gesell were charged for plans to “retaliate” against an officer in North Brunswick after having arrested an associate of Dotro on a drunk driving charge. However, no actual retaliation was taken, authorities say. According to a news release, the officers allegedly planned to run surveillance on the officer to gain information on his travel habits and whereabouts.

The identity of the person charged with DWI, as well as that of the North Brunswick officer, has not been disclosed.

WEB EXTRA: Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Announces Charges (pdf)

Authorities have charged Gesell with unlawfully accessing a police computer system as well as a count of official misconduct for…

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