New Jersey Bans Police From Possessing Duty Weapons While Off Duty

A new gun law went into effect in New Jersey that makes it illegal for law enforcement to carry duty weapons off-duty.

Trenton, NJ – The new law that limits gun magazines to 10 rounds went into effect on Dec. 10 without the legislature taking up the amendment to create an exception for law enforcement officers.

Modern firearms issued to patrol officers generally hold 12 or more rounds of ammunition.

That means that just about all law enforcement officers in New Jersey will be breaking the law if they carry their assigned duty weapons while off duty, including just being home with them, unless they live outside of the state or leave their magazines behind at work, rendering the weapons near-useless.

Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo issued a memorandum to local police officials on Dec. 13 reminding everyone that the prohibition of the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines also applied to off-duty law enforcement officers.

“The statute now provides that law enforcement officers are not permitted to possess large capacity ammunition magazines, i.e. magazines capable of holding more than ten (10) rounds of ammunition to be fed continuously into semi-automatic firearms, unless while on duty or traveling to or from an authorized place of duty,” the memo read.

“This statute applies to all law enforcement officers, including those subject to on-call status. Violation of this statute constitutes a fourth degree crime,” the memo continued. “There is legislation pending to amend the statute to permit law enforcement officers possession of large capacity magazines. We will keep you informed if and when the statute is amended.”

Under the new law, it’s technically legal for them to carry their gun home from work with them, but the minute they get home, they are breaking the law.

Bergen County may have been the only jurisdiction in the state to remind local law enforcement about the change in the law, and that’s confused a number of New Jersey residents.

“There’s a lot of misinformation out there about this, and a lot of people thinking the prosecutor put this out there on his own. But it’s a state law,” explained Elizabeth Rebein, the public information officer for the Bergen County prosecutor’s office.

Rebein said Calo issued the memo to point out that while the amendment to the law that would allow a magazine size exception for police officers was pending, it hadn’t actually been passed by the state legislature.

The amendment is expected to be signed on Monday, but that leaves officers vulnerable to breaking the law for a week.

Blue Lives Matter asked how officers with take-home vehicles or who were required to be on duty when they left their homes were supposed to have their duty weapons, the prosecutor’s office acknowledged a problem.

“There seems to be a conflict in the law in that regard,” Rebein said.

But she pointed out that for now, the new law has to be enforced and that’s why the reminder was sent.

“This is not something that is coming from the prosecutor. This is something the legislature passed that went into effect on December 10th,” Rebein explained.

The memo was sent out to assuage any concerns that law enforcement officers might be under the impression that the much-needed exception in the new law had already been passed, she said.

Comments (76)
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JBo
JBo

Just goes to prove that politicians are stupid.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Wow. The amount of stupidity up north is absolutely staggering!

Thin blue line
Thin blue line

Idiots

Da$
Da$

So you buy a 10 round mag. No problem. WTH ?

Oldmp
Oldmp

Time for all Law Enforcement Officers to leave States that hate Police Officers.

retired
retired

Hug a Thug !

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Seems like cops are only limited to 10 round mags. Dumb, yes. But OK, so you carry a firearm with the "legal size" magazine when off duty etc ... and mind your own business when in public For many years in Ohio, off duty officers or retired officers can not carry AN'Y firearm in a "gun free zone." Another dumb law, but those that do are foolish as it opens them up to criminal & civil difficulties.

Ronnytx031
Ronnytx031

What a bunch of ass clowns!!! What are the politicians up north trying to see who can take their state to the dumps faster!!

Crimestopper
Crimestopper

We have a house bill in FLA. (Officer Safety Bill) that allows any LEO to carry ANY firearm on them 24/7 if retired (20 yrs) in good standing! You have to qualify once a year...as said law basically states you (retired) can carry a concealed FA "anywhere" a on duty Officer carrys his/hers. So I have two permits.... the regular state license and the retired LEO permit!

Katarina
Katarina

Pretty sad when grade schoolers have a better grip on matters than the state legislature. Why is this so difficult for adults to foresee and remedy ahead of time? No problem solving skills? No ability to see the consequences of the laws they pass? Pretty sad picture of NJ legislators! Are they elected as pre-teens?

bullet48
bullet48

Who would live in this shithole state by choice? Brothers and sisters you can get a law enforcement job in many other jurisdictions.

TracyHightower
TracyHightower

Until the amendment passes all the officers have to do is switch out their high cap mags with ten round mags then take their firearm home. It is ridiculous that the powers that be do not trust their officers to carry high cap mags.

Krsmith2
Krsmith2

What kind of a stupid f****** laws that and shitwhole New Jersey

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

What is wrong with all of you? Can’t you see that if we disarm the police our communities with be much safer! FOR THE F’IN CRIMINALS AND THUGS!!!!! This is same dumb law they passed in NY. I say bulldozer NYC and all of NJ into the ocean. Then move the bulldozers to the west coast and do the same from Canada to Mexico.

Alex m
Alex m

Are criminals required to follow the same law........

Patriot_Dave
Patriot_Dave

New Jersey's politicians are all dipshits.

TBar35
TBar35

So, carry a couple extra 10 rnd mags... problem solved. Agreed that this is a lame law that attempts to neuter LEOs, just be smarter then the politickers.

CRETE GARY
CRETE GARY

I carried my own off duty weapon.This is just another Anti-cop BS from the left.

Billybobbilly
Billybobbilly

Just waiting for the law suit! City will loose and our police get a bonus from the Bozo who put this into effect.

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Fuck these politicians. Soon they will go back to keystone cops. I’m happy to be old and soon to die, I can’t take much more of this bullshit

unholyone
unholyone

I can't stop laughing. I'm sorry. I am so glad I escaped NJ 38 yrs. ago. BTW, did anyone tell the criminals about the restrictions on magazine capacities? I'm sure they will comply. We all know NJ's gun laws work so well. When was the last time anyone vacationed in Camden, Newark, Trenton (state capital), et.al?

dsmarine
dsmarine

Mass police resignations would wake up the politicians. Just maybe??

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

To all the NJ Polizei, how's that shoe feeling? Lol. Cops need to wake up and realize they are nothing but expendable jannissaries to their political masters. It's a New World - coming to your state next, Officer. Haha!

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

IOW, welcome to life as a "civilian".

Skidoo
Skidoo

New Jersey became a national joke in 1992 when they passed a law forbidding restaurants from serving eggs sunnyside up or over easy. The law was quickly rescinded; not because it was a bad law in the eyes of nanny state politicians but because it was unenforceable.

RTJ49
RTJ49

So you just slam a 10 pack before leaving work. No big deal and what's the big deal. A blue blood can take care of themselves.

Delci123
Delci123

That’s just stupid the anti gun advocates are way out of line ! Then to include the on call officer! So they call an officer from his home to be on duty and place them at a disadvantage by limiting their ability to do there jobs! My question is can anyone carry more than one magazine ? 3 x 10 is 30 !!!!

javaguy
javaguy

East California?

deputydawg17
deputydawg17

NJ residents are required to become victims of crime with no right to defend themselves or loved ones.

unclebubby
unclebubby

I live in n.j. and this gov is going to be the death of us in n.j.with laws like this and raising taxes.

copssavelives
copssavelives

UNCONCERNED ABOUT MORE DEAD COPS?..... Those who passed the law have to know that now every armed felon looking for revenge for a prior arrest will have the comfort of knowing that every off duty cop will be unarmed and unable to defend themselves... and since it's quite easy to find out where a cop lives or follow a cop home from their precinct or place of work... we can only conclude that the reason one would pass this law was to make sure that police officers and their families are more vulnerable to those seeking revenge resulting in more dead cops. And if their spouse and children are killed in a revenge ambush so be it.

djb032
djb032

Obviously a stupid law and not going to do anything for gun violence, which I assume is the intended purpose. But until an amendment is passed, each department should issue their officers at least 3 magazines that hold only 10 rounds.....if they carry a glock or similar weapon, 10 rd mags are made for these weapons to comply with moronic laws in other states...let the city buy them, and the state reimburse the city....if I was an officer there, I would have already placed an order and paid for them myself....most officers also carry backup or off duty guns that fall well within the mag capacity of this law

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

You get what you vote for!

Raoul Watson
Raoul Watson

Wow I didn't realize that combating gun violence included disarming retired and off duty law enforcement. WTF NJ?! Why do you guys voted for these jokers??

Kilr
Kilr

Does it seem to anyone else that there is an extreme inordinate amount of STUPID laws and regulations on the books of ALL of the Northeaster states...must be something in the air or the water....OR maybe it is simply the liberal virus that infects the people.

tpddiver4
tpddiver4

Aren't all NJ Leo's effectively felons now ? I am sure they have been carrying their duty weapons home since this law took effect.

J10107
J10107

As a NJ law enforcement officer I will not be enforcing this STUPID law, unless the suspect is involved in a shooting, (and not the gun owner defending life or property), so all the lawful gun owners going to and from the range have one less cop to worry about.

But just like every other profession, there are a few, do nothing ass-hats that only shine by kissing the cheif's ass during day work, that you will have to worry about.

njlawenforcement1
njlawenforcement1

Can't wait to retire and move the hell out of here!!

NEVERFORGET
NEVERFORGET

Out-Of-Touch...Yet These STATE OFFICIALS Want RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA Sponsored By Your TAX DOLLARS Because They Can Tax The Sale...DUH!

convertibleguy
convertibleguy

Come South

carry whatever you want.

Randy Overly
Randy Overly

Make sure they remove all firearms that protect the law makers in NJ as well!

bronx163
bronx163

Just another brick removed from wall of constitution. And due process. If you look at the anti gun laws states and local towns are making, its carbine copy of Unite Nation small arms treaty. It’s stated in U.N. Treaty to control ammunition and types of firearms to the masses. Obama signed on to it Trump pulled out of it. This bs is Unite Nation shadow operation to disarm Americans and take control. They call Trump and their supporters Nazies. But Nazies were National Socialists and forced registration then confiscation. They also pushed government run healthcare to kill off population they wanted to rid of.

The far left in American federal government and state government are crushing down on our rights but same time calling conservatives Nazies. This country is screwed. People like Sen mcconnel and HR Paul Ryan have done nothing but obstruct and fight against the Trump Agenda. Gop sucks and a 3 party needs to be formed. GOP is same as dems in sheep’s clothing.