N.J. Hunters, Residents Push For Bigger Bear Hunt

October 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS New York:

WEST MILFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) –  Seeing a black bear cross your path in northwest New Jersey is no longer unusual—it’s becoming the norm. Bear hunting is held every year to keep the population down.

But CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock reported, some homeowners say with a population of more than 2,500 black bears, it isn’t enough.

Black bears have been caught on camera, like one walking upright in Jefferson Township. Another was spotted in a backyard in Wyckoff and another hanging out in the middle of Ridgewood.

Then, there was a deadly encounter when 22-year-old Darsh Patel was mauled to death while hiking in the Apshawa Preserve in West Milford.

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Hunter Eric Bunk lives in West Milford and says a bigger hunt is necessary to bring the numbers back into balance.

“We want them to be viewed as an asset, not a liability,” he said.

He says the six-day-long…

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Prosecutors: Man Charged After Shootout With Cop In Paterson

October 19, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS New York:

PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Paterson man faces attempted-murder chargers after he allegedly got into a shootout with a police officer early Saturday morning.

Passaic County prosecutors told The Record that Getzmir Robinson also has been hit with weapons charges. They say he was armed with two handguns when the shooting occurred around 1 a.m. on Union Avenue in Paterson.

The officer was responding to reports of shots fired when he encountered Robinson, who allegedly began shooting at the officer, who then returned fire, authorities said.

Prosecutors would not say if anyone was wounded in the shootout or provide further details on the incident, citing the ongoing investigation.

It wasn’t known Sunday if Robinson had retained a lawyer, and a telephone number for him could not be located.

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2 people wounded when shooters open fire on car in NJ

October 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV:

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two people sitting in a car in New Jersey’s capital city were wounded when two people approached their vehicle and started shooting.

Trenton police say the shooting on Poplar Street occurred around 11 p.m. Friday.

A 19-year-old woman was shot several times in the torso and was taken to a hospital, where she remained Saturday in stable condition. A 25-year-old man was treated for a graze wound to his foot.

The victims’ names were not disclosed.

A motive for the shooting has not been determined, and no arrests have been made.

Further details on the shooting, including what type of weapon was used, have not been disclosed.

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POLICE DEPT. REQUESTS FACEBOOK PASSWORD FROM GUN PERMIT APPLICANT

October 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on Christian Patriots:

Request violates Constitution & Facebook’s Terms of Service.

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Watervliet, NY Asks Pistol Permit Applicants for Facebook Passwords.

The department recently sent an applicant a form which asked for his Facebook username and password, and after the applicant complained, the department claimed the form was sent to him by mistake and was only used during face-to-face interviews when the department asks applicants for access to their Facebook accounts.

“It is… a common practice to view social media as a means to identify and determine character of a pistol permit applicant, in addition to other investigatory methods,” the department’s spokesperson told the applicant. “Typically all we ask is that an applicant access their account during an interview.”

But if the police dept. gets the applicant’s login credentials as requested on the form, and the applicant does not change his password afterwards, the police and the court reviewing…

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Judge: Police Car Videos Are Public Records In NJ

October 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS Philly:

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A state judge has determined that videos routinely captured by cameras mounted in police cars during traffic stops and other law enforcement activities in New Jersey are public records.

The recent decision handed down by state Superior Court Judge Vincent Grasso means authorities cannot withhold the videos, even if they claim they pertain to criminal or internal affairs investigations.

Grasso’s decision involved rulings he made in two similar but separate cases. Both matters involved people who made OPRA requests for videos of specific traffic stops.

But Grasso ruled that if police agencies require the regular recording of law enforcement activities, the videos qualify as government records and cannot be shielded if they later become part of an investigation.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office plans to appeal the rulings.

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New York Dem’s Bill Would Let ‘Anyone Who’s Concerned’ Have Your Guns Confiscated

Originally posted on Christian Patriots:

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A New York state assemblyman is pushing to allow “really anyone who’s concerned” to temporarily deny even law-abiding citizens access to guns. 

Democratic assemblyman Brian Kavanagh of Manhattan announced legislation last week that would let anyone bring law-abiding citizens into court for a temporary order to either confiscate their guns or prevent them from buying any firearm in the first place. The bill would force citizens to defend themselves to a court of law even if no charges have been filed against them.

“This is a bill that would permit family members or friends or medical professional or law enforcement or really anyone who’s concerned that somebody having access to guns poses a serious danger to go to a court and present evidence of that, and if the court were persuaded, they would be able to issue a temporary order preventing the person from acquiring or possessing guns,” Kavanagh said,according…

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Some Positive News from . . . New Jersey?

Originally posted on Prince Law Offices, P.C.:

I am happy to report that New Jersey’s Attorney General, John Hoffman, has issued a new directive in response to the unnerving practice of NJ prosecutors to fully prosecute individuals for relatively minor infractions and misunderstandings of New Jersey’s firearms laws.  In response to outrage over the case of Shaneen Allen – the Pennsylvania woman charged with possession of a firearm in Atlantic County, NJ last year – Attorney General Hoffman released a directive on September 24, 2014, directing prosecutors not to seek prison terms for individuals merely for unlawfully possessing a firearm.

In the directive, Attorney General Hoffman states that “in the absence of case-specific aggravating circumstances, these defendants should not be sentenced to incarceration,” since “imprisonment is neither necessary nor appropriate to serve the interests of justice and protect public safety.”  Rather than seek harsh penalties – a minimum of 3 1/2 years under the Graves Act –…

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