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    NJ Charges Out-of-State LEO With Felony for Having His Legal Gun With Him

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    NJ Charges Out-of-State LEO With Felony for Having His Legal Gun With Him

    A Pennsylvania corrections officer holding the rank of sergeant has been arrested and charged with a felony by New Jersey for having his legal gun with him.

    Sgt. Ray Hughes had taken his wife to dinner in Atlantic City. He was driving home when he and his wife were hit by a drunk driver.

    When police responded, they noticed his ‘Fraternal Order of Police’ decal and law enforcement credentials. Hughes explained that he had his weapon with him, and police officers assured him that they’d secure it and he could pick it up later at the station.

    It wasn’t until a few days had passed that Sgt. Hughes received a phone call explaining that he was being charged with a felony punishable by 3-10 years in prison.

    The arresting officer explained to Hughes that he was adamantly against arresting him, but the decision came from above his level of authority.
    Doea any one have further details on this or why he would not be covered under LEOSA?

    I mean, besides the obvious that it is New Jersey ?
    Last edited by HCM; 02-19-2016 at 01:31 PM.

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    Would he qualify for LEOSA as a correctional officer? Do PA CO's have arrest authority outside the fence? Our state ones don't but they aren't considered LE at all so they aren't a good comparison.

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    Makes me wonder why he would turn his gun over to responding officers. Not a chance of that happening, under any circumstance.

    Also, having bumper stickers that tell people you are a leo is just dumb, and these days, might cost you dearly.

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    My understanding is that to qualify for LEOSA you must have powers of arrest and PA CO's do not. So it doesn't surprise me that a NJ prosecutor would take advantage of this loop hole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLG View Post
    Also, having bumper stickers that tell people you are a leo is just dumb, and these days, might cost you dearly.
    FOP/PBA stickers and shields in/on car windows are common place in NJ and PA. Many spouses sport them for the obvious reasons.
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    bad news for him... christie ain't in a pardoning mood anymore.
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    Are PA CO's authorized to carry off duty on their credentials or just via CHL?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HCM View Post
    Are PA CO's authorized to carry off duty on their credentials or just via CHL?
    The problem is that PA CO's don't have powers of arrest, which is a requirement of LEOSA.

    CO's here do not but Probation / Parole officers do. I think is guy is screwed.

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