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New Jersey Slowly Disarming Its Cops in Fight Against LEOSA

New Jersey legislators continue to fight against police and LEOSA (the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act) as crime rises well above the national average.


Historically, New Jersey is one of the only states that frequently tries to neuter federal law geared toward law enforcement; perhaps no instance more evident than the ongoing battle over LEOSA (the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act).

In New Jersey, the 2016 violent crime rate in Newark was 135.96 percent higher than the national violent crime rate average. In Camden, the 2012 statistics (the most current) saw a violent crime rate 563.3 percent higher than the national average. And in Trenton, the state capital, the 2016 violent crime rate was 239.33 precent higher than the national violent crime rate. Clearly the members of the New Jersey Legislature are missing all of that during their commute to their Trenton offices.

By comparison, New York City’s 2016 violent crime rate was only 44 percent higher than the national average. Which leads to the question: What is the New Jersey Legislature doing about violent crime in these major urban hubs?

The answer, reinforcing the taking away the guns of law enforcement.

How LEOSA Works

In an Oct. 12, 2018 directive, the New Jersey Attorney General once again reinforced New Jersey’s thwarting of LEOSA.

LEOSA is a federal law, enacted in 2004, which allows two classes of people — the “qualified Law Enforcement officer” and the “qualified retired or separated Law Enforcement officer” — to carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States or United States Territories, regardless of state or local laws, with certain exceptions. The exceptions are that a state can restrict carry authority on private property (bars, amusements parks, etc.); a state can restrict carry on state property (courts, state office buildings, etc); and on school grounds.

Officials amended the law in 2010 and 2013; in both cases LEOSA authority was actually expanding and enhanced.

LEOSA was enacted to ensure active and retired officers were protected from a patchwork of state concealed carry laws. It was also enacted to ensure that law enforcement officers — on or off duty — could be a force multiplier in the event something happens and an off duty or retired law enforcement officer is nearby to help. The recent mass shootings in California and Pittsburgh reinforce the need for law enforcement officers, of all generations, around the nation to be capable of being ready.

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  1. This proves ALL Americans’ 2nd Amendment protections have been infringed to the point the Constitution is no longer truly recognized as the law of the land. There should not be anything (any laws whatsoever) except what some are calling ‘constitutional carry’ anywhere in these United States…that applies to everyone, citizen and LEO alike.

  2. Licensed ‘armed citizens’ have lower rates of criminal behavior than police officers, how about nationwide reciprocity as a ‘force multiplier’?

  3. New Jersey legislature is being anti-U.S. Constitution and anti-Bible. People can’t defend themselves. People cannot stand by a police officer. I think I recently read that a former officer helped Chicago police who were under fire. Some law-makers want law-abiding citizens to live under the thumb of criminals, bullies, murderers, and punks. Sounds like when Israel was under the thumb of the Philistines – They were not allowed weapons for self defense.

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