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Carry-Licensed Armored Car Security Guard Arrested for “Hollowpoint” Ammo -- Hornaday Critical Duty
ROSELLE PARK, NJ –
On February 8, 2020, armored car security guard Roosevelt Twyne was returning home from work when he was stopped by three Roselle Park police officers for alleged side-tinted windows on his vehicle.
Twyne advised and showed the officers that he has a New Jersey Permit to Carry a Handgun, and informed the officers that he was coming home from his employment as an armored car security guard and was in fact one block away from his home.
Twyne’s Permit to Carry specifies the Smith & Wesson handgun that he was carrying at the time of the stop. Twyne also possesses a SORA (Security Officer Registration Act) Card, a New Jersey Firearms Purchaser Identification Card, and lawfully purchased/registered his handgun with a New Jersey permit to purchase.
The New Jersey State Police Firearms Information FAQ website specifically states:
“Ammunition lacking a hollow cavity at the tip, such as those with polymer filling, are not considered to be hollow point ammunition. An example of this can be seen with the Hornaday Critical Defense / Critical Duty, Car-Bon PowRball / Glaser Safety Slug and Nosler Inc. Defense ammunition.” (Emphasis added.)
Roselle Park Police Officer Louis Plock, nonetheless, arrested and charged Twyne under NJS 2C:39-3F(1) (possession of hollow nose ammunition) for possessing the above-mentioned Hornady Critical Duty ammo.
Plock also charged Twyne with unlawful transportation of a weapon under NJS 2C:39-9D. This statute, however, specifically exempts people who are licensed or registered under chapter 58, and Twyne's New Jersey Permit to Carry was issued pursuant to chapter 58.
These are 4th degree felony-level crimes with potential 18 months imprisonment for each.
Because of the arrest, Twyne is presently suspended from his employment.
Twyne has hired the law firm of Evan F. Nappen, Attorney at Law PC, to represent him.
When asked for comment, Nappen said:
“Mr. Twyne is innocent of these charges as a matter of law, and never should have been arrested. The information regarding the legality of his ammunition is easily available to the public and law enforcement on the New Jersey State Police website. Three white officers stopping a black, law-abiding, licensed, armored car security guard coming home from work is extremely dubious. His subsequent arrest was unjustifiable.”
- Evan F. Nappen Attorney At Law, P.C.
- Campaign Owner
UPDATE: 4/29/2020Update posted by Evan F. Nappen Attorney At Law, P.C. at 07:39 pm
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
Criminal Charges Dismissed, but Tinted Windows Offense, Return of Firearm, etc., remain to be challengedUpdate posted by Evan F. Nappen Attorney At Law, P.C. at 04:37 pm
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. Thank you all for your continued support.
Newsweek: NEW JERSEY PROSECUTORS DROP CASE AGAINST GUN-CARRYING SECURITY GUARD WHO HAD PERMIT TO CARRY FIREARMUpdate posted by Evan F. Nappen Attorney At Law, P.C. at 04:10 pm
"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. . . . .
Reason MagazineUpdate posted by Evan F. Nappen Attorney At Law, P.C. at 08:12 pm
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. . . . .
Washington Free BeaconUpdate posted by Evan F. Nappen Attorney At Law, P.C. at 10:40 pm
Colion Noir examines the Roosevelt Twyne matterUpdate posted by Evan F. Nappen Attorney At Law, P.C. at 10:10 pm
Roosevelt Twyne and his attorney Louis Nappen join ‘Fox & Friends'Update posted by Evan F. Nappen Attorney At Law, P.C. at 09:50 pm