NJ Security Guard Arrested for Legal Handgun and Ammo
NJ Security Guard Roosevelt Twyne was arrested by Roselle Park Police back in February for illegally carrying a firearm and possessing “hollow point” bullets. Only he had a legal carry permit and the bullets are publicly listed as legal by the state police.
Update: The Union County Prosecutor’s Office dropped the charges against Mr. Twyne on Thursday, March 13.
Roosevelt Twyne, 25, was stopped by Roselle Park Police for having tinted windows in his car. Now he’s been charged with firearms violations unjustly. He is an African-American with a legal carry permit, and the bullets were the same type issued by his employer. “Critical Duty” ammo by Hornady is publicly listed on the New Jersey State Police website as legal in New Jersey because the tips are not “hollow,” but filled. Police charged him anyway, and for the last month he has not been able to work.
“Honestly, it’s been traumatic and has impacted my life in a way that I’ve never experienced before. It’s hard because now even looking for a part time job or any job, it’s made it so much harder for me. Not only has it tainted my name and reputation, which I have worked hard to attain, not just growing up in Elizabeth, but as a black man trying to make a difference.” Roosevelt Twyne
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
“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 said the ammunition that led to Twyne’s arrest was the same ammunition issued by his employer. He also pointed to a New Jersey State Police website that says the polymer-tipped Hornady “Critical Duty” ammunition in question is “not considered to be hollow point ammunition” and not illegal to possess in the state—the website goes so far as to specifically name “Critical Duty” as an example of legal ammunition.
“It’s lawful,” Nappen told the Free Beacon. “It’s publicly announced as lawful because it is. It’s not hollow. It’s filled.”
As we have previously reported several times, New Jersey is hell-on-wheels to legal gun owners and those seeking jobs that require a firearm. There are so many gun laws in the state that even police seem to be confused. The Evan Nappen law firm is the same one that received a win at the New Jersey Supreme Court in the case of Calvin Carlstrom, a US Marine veteran who has been seeking a NJ concealed carry permit.
Nappen also stated that the three white officers are the “elephant in the room.” Though they did not make any racist remarks during the arrest, Nappen says it is “dubious.”
“Once they got all of his licenses, he’s a block away from home and everything is clear now. You arrest him and put these charges on him? I mean, who is this person we’re dealing with now? This isn’t some gang banger that they’ve been trying to get forever and they finally can put something on him because he’s such a danger to the public. This is a good guy. Licensed. He just showed you everything. He’s not a danger to anybody. He’s a good guy on our side. On the side of law and order. Why is he then subjected to the next phase with both the charges that are baseless?” Evan Nappen
Good question, Mr. Nappen. When a NJ Security Guard with legal permits and legal ammunition is charged for not having the same…it may be time for some old fashioned lawsuits against the police.
Featured photo: Twitter of Roosevelt Twyne via Free Beacon