Roosevelt Twyne, a 25-year-old African-American security guard, was arrested by Roselle Park Police.
Evan Nappen, Twyne's attorney, says his client was charged for illegally carrying a firearm and being in possession of so-called hollow point ammunition.
"He was arrested for the hollow point ammunition," Nappen told the Free Beacon. "Then they claimed he was transporting his handgun illegally. He had a permit to carry a handgun. The law … makes it clear that it's illegal to transport unless you are licensed pursuant to chapter 58. And that is precisely what a handgun carry permit is."
Nappen stated that the ammunition his client was carrying was not hollow points, instead, they were "critical duty" which is the same ammunition that his employer issues.
Twyne has stated that he has been unable to work for a month.
According to the Freebeacon, a crowdfunding effort to pay for Twyne's defense has raised nearly $5,500 from 189 donors as of Friday.
This incident does not surprise me what-so-ever. The officers that made this arrest did not care whether or not Twyne had the right to carry his firearms. They were trying to send a message. A black man with a gun is not tolerated in New Jersey. The fact that he was a security officer with a gun permit makes his arrest even egregious. It should be a lesson to black people everywhere, even if you are in compliance with the law, certain laws are not for you.
To be honest, I’m surprised Twyne wasn’t shot. Police know they can easily shoot a black man these days. With Twyne having a gun they could have shot him and said they felt like their live were in danger.
First off, I don't think for one second that Donald Trump is actually even thinking about making extensive background checks mandatory. Trump made a similar promise after the Parkland High shooting in Florida. Nonetheless, Trump has been under much scrutiny for being insensitive and he has to at least try to come across as being sympathetic.
“There was a great appetite for background checks,” Trump said to reporters on Wednesday.
Conspiracy theorists have already started the "they're coming for our guns" outcry on social media. However, as we all know, the NRA controls the Republican party. There is no way in hell Trump would buck against one of the parties biggest contributors. Common sense is something that many of these conspiracy theorists lack. The NRA turning on Trump would be an automatic loss for Trump in the 2020 election.
According to The Washington Post, NRA Chief executive Wayne Lapierre spoke to Trump and told him that his supporters would not be in favor of a background check bill. The Washington Post also reports advisers to Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said he would not bring any gun control legislation without widespread Republican support.
The warning to Trump by the NRA and the comments made by McConnell's advisers only reiterate what I have been telling conspiracy bloggers and podcasters since the El Paso shooting was first reported, there will be no real gun control legislation passed by either party no time soon. It just does not sit well for conservatives in office. Yes, there will be talks about gun control bills but passing the bill will be like committing political suicide for Republicans.
VICTOR J MORROW