The Corner

NJ vs. Gun Owners, Again

I wrote in January about the state of New Jersey’s various attempts to prosecute law-abiding gun owners for ridiculous crimes. Via David Hardy comes another example: A teenager borrowed his grandfather’s car, not knowing a gun was stored in the back. At a traffic stop, an officer found the gun, and the juvenile was found guilty of unlawfully possessing a firearm. The sentence: A year of probation and a suspended sentence of 60 days in jail, despite a complete lack of evidence that the defendant knew the gun was there.

Fortunately, an appellate court stepped in and fixed the ruling. But too many gun cases in New Jersey are fixed only after a ridiculous overreaction. The legislature should fix the laws instead.