The gun control utopia of New Jersey can’t keep itself out of our pages. It’s real easy to point out their failures when there are so many. Take for example a recent case involving a dispute that resulted in an attempted murder charge. While all the details of the event are not out yet, there are a couple of reports that highlight the conflict.
A North Jersey man has been accused of using a wooden baton to hit a 79-year-old over the head, trying to kill him.
Mohammad Ramadan, of Rochelle Park, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and unlawful weapons possession, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced on Friday.
The 34-year-old tech consultant had tried to kill the older man when he used the baton to bludgeon him in Fair Lawn on Tuesday, according to Musella.
Fair Lawn Police said they responded before 3 p.m. to find the injured man at 0-99 Plaza Road. The address belongs to The Levine Law Firm.
He was taken to St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson and treated for head injuries.
Ramadan was arrested on Wednesday. Authorities did not disclose a possible motive for the attack, as of Friday.
Another article from the Daily Voice has more details about the event.
Associates said Friday that Ira J. Levine was out of the intensive care unit following Tuesday’s attack, in which he was struck with what Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella described as a “wooden baton.”
His accused assailant, Mohammad Ramadan, 34, of Rochelle Park remained held in the Bergen County Jail pending a first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack on charges that also include aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and weapons offenses.
Ramadan apparently was handling a service issue at Levine’s Plaza Road office when an employee heard a commotion and called police at 2:44 p.m. Tuesday.
The article further explains that Levine was Fair Lawn’s borough prosecutor for 20 years as well as holding several other accolades. The fact that Levine has connections to law enforcement and the community did not shield him from being attacked. What actually happened with Ramadan is not known, however he had no issue taking his aggression out on his victim. Not that New Jersey’s restrictive gun laws would have really stopped Ramadan from being able to get a firearm, because they would not, none the less this goes to show that an act of violence can happen to anyone at any time with any weapon. Levine having been released from intensive care is a blessing and hopefully he’ll be making a full and speedy recovery.
It being reported that Levine was at his law firm where he worked does bring up an interesting fact that might make other business owners in the Garden State say “hmmm.” Under New Jersey law, the possession exemptions are extended to people that wish to possess firearms at their businesses that they own. Essentially if you’re a business owner, as far as firearm possession for self-protection goes, being at your business is just like being in your own home. Naturally, I’d recommend anyone thinking of arming themselves in that scenario contact a competent licensed attorney prior to doing so, as this is not legal advise, and there are plenty of things with this provision of the law that can foul someone up. This does bring up the subject of thinking about what rights do people have in the heavily restricted states. Levine being a former prosecutor would naturally be aware of this fact, I’d hope. Whether or not Levine avails or availed himself of this practice is not known, however I’m willing to bet that if he does not he might consider it in the future.
The good news looking forward is that with hopefully a favorable opinion in the NYSRPA v. Bruen case, we won’t have to discuss the narrow exemptions that people are afforded in anti-freedom states like New Jersey much longer. NYSRPA very well may extend the right to keep and bear arms outside the home to the remaining hold-out states. We shall see.