See where guns have been seized in N.J. under new ‘red flag’ law

See where guns have been seized in N.J. under new ‘red flag’ law

Nearly 50 people have had their guns seized in a Jersey Shore county, under New Jersey’s red flag laws, which went into effect last year, according to data obtained by NJ Advance Media. Under the the Extreme Risk Protective Order Act, which went into effect Sept. 1 , 48 people in Ocean County have had their guns seized at least temporarily, while 25 have had them taken indefinitely under one of the latest gun control measure enacted by Gov. Phil Murphy , according to the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts. The law, which is similar to “red flag” laws used in other states, has been implemented in Ocean County more twice as often as any other county, according to the data. The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, gun rights advocates and attorneys representing gun owners said it is unclear why Ocean County tops the list. “I was surprised when I looked at the numbers myself,” said Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer. “I don’t have a direct answer for you.” Billhimer said his office has not issued any special mandates outside of the Attorney General’s statewide directive regarding implantation of the law. “It is hard to understand why,” said Albert Rescinio, an attorney who has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law . “Nothing immediately sticks out at me.” The law allows a law enforcement officer, family or household member to submit a petition to state Superior Court showing why a judge should issue an […]

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