Domestic Violence and guns are two things that do not seem to belong in the same sentence. Many gun-control advocates would have you believe that a vast amount of murders have been perpetrated using a firearm during “crimes of passion”, but it is simply not true. Of course they “do” happen, but they are not as common as one would think.
We are now seeing a trend in the state court systems that are preemptively taking away “gun rights” before a crime has even been commited or a conviction has been ruled upon. The New Jersey court of appeals has just recently ruled that simply being accused of domestic violence is all that is needed to deny gun ownership rights.
A three panel court of appeals with Judges John Kennedy, Amy O’Connor and Jose Fuentes all seated, denied an application for gun ownership, upholding a previous decision by the Aberdeen chief of police and the Monmouth Country Superior Court. All three cited previous accusations of domestic violence in 1998, which he was later acquitted for. The police chief stated that the reoccurence of visits by his officers to the home between 2003-2011 for domestic dispute calls, made his decision for him.
Judge John Kennedy made this statement after the ruling came down; “The presence of a firearm in such a household enhances the potential for such a reaction to become lethal,”
“I am unaware of any other state where someone who has been acquitted can still be denied their constitutional right to purchase a handgun and keep it in their home.” said Evan Nappen, Z.L.’s attorney.