Upon request by his attorneys, we are glad to report that the Prosecutor's Office instructed the municipality to return Mr. Twyne's firearm, and Mr. Twyne has returned to work as an armored car security guard.
That said, due in part to Covid-19 delays, his municipal motor vehicle matter has yet to be heard.
While the criminal charges have been dismissed, Mr. Twyne is still fighting for the return of his firearm, against the motor vehicle tinted windows offense, and for restoration of his rights and reputation.
"Nappen believes, rather, that his client is a victim of the state's complex licensing processing. He argues that a restriction on Twyne's permit would render it effectively unusable, putting his client in a Catch-22 scenario: Able to carry at work, but unable to transport it home.
"How do you give him a license to do this and then don't allow him to go to work and then come back from work?" Nappen said. "The limitation that the state is trying to place on his license makes the license utterly useless this case."
Nappen said he feels that the gun laws in New Jersey may, in some respects, be designed to evade governmental accountability. He pointed out how gun permit applications are treated as confidential, preventing outside groups from scrutinizing the process. He believes that this is not, in fact, done to ensure confidentiality but to evade fairness."
A legal requirement to "have a firearm cased and unloaded" under New Jersey statute 2C:39(6g) applies only if one is "transporting by way of exemption, which is inapplicable here. Mr. Twyne was transporting by way of his Chapter 58 NJ Permit to Carry a Handgun, not by way of inapplicable exemptions."
Twyne "has a NJ Permit to Carry a Handgun issued pursuant to Chapter 58" which applies to both his job and getting to and from his job, and does not require the gun to be cased and unloaded as it would if he were merely carrying under a set of statutory exemptions to the laws about possessing handguns.
"The government is attempting to conflate legally irrelevant requirements under exemptions that do not apply" to a permit-holder like Twyne.