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Family says NJ overreacted to boy’s gun photo

Published: Tue, March 19, 2013 @ 7:03 p.m.

Family says NJ overreacted to boy’s gun photo

A New Jersey family claims a Facebook photo of their son holding a rifle his father gave him for his upcoming 11th birthday led the state’s child welfare agency to their home, demanding to be let inside and inspect their guns.

The family of Josh Moore asked caseworkers and police to leave their Carneys Point home last Friday because they did not have a search warrant.

Attorney Evan Nappen says a child welfare worker refused to identify herself before leaving.

The case has riled gun-rights advocates, who say the family was defending its constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizure.

A spokeswoman for the child welfare agency says she cannot comment on the report because of confidentiality requirements, and police weren’t talking.


1Ytownnative(1036 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

And so it begins.

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2Whinersarewieners(14 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

I think children should learn gun safety before age 10, which this family has obviously already taught him. And his learning will continue when he hunts with his father. It is unlikely the father allows him to tote his gun around on a daily basis. It is not a toy and I'm sure this child can differentiate between toys and guns. Hunting is an excellent sport for youngsters. My husband and all of his friends frequently take kids with them hunting. Bravo to this family for doing it right! This child will have lasting memories to hold on to long after his father is gone. Oh, and by the way, there is no MINIMUM age to hunt in Michigan beacuse even the State knows what a great opportunity for youths hunting is.

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3Whinersarewieners(14 comments)posted 1 year, 6 months ago

My bad, this picture was taken in New Jersey - not Michigan. There is no minimum age in Michigan but New Jersey has a 10 year old age requirement young hunters. That makes this gift even more special for him. Happy 10th birthday little man!

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