Last month, a man was arrested for carrying a pistol a block away from a Paterson NJ press conference where Rep. Bill Pascrell was discussing gun control legislation.
21-year-old Paterson resident Nyedair Parker was arrested by Paterson police after he was seen carrying the gun in his waistband.
According to a police report, police received a phone call from an anonymous tipster who saw the pistol tucked into Mr. Parker’s pants as he walked through a gas station parking lot. Sometime later, Mr. Parker was walking on Lake Street, a block away from the press conference, when police arrested him.
Mr. Parker was charged with possession of an unlicensed weapon, possession of hollow point bullets, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
In New Jersey unlawful possession of a handgun is addressed by N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b). If convicted of second degree unlawful possession of a handgun, Mr. Parker may face as many as 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Ironically, the press conference concerned the Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act, a bill which would increase taxes on guns and ammunition.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Man Nabbed for Carrying Pistol near Congressman’s Gun Control Press Conference.”