New Jersey is one of a handful of states that have fully and completely embraced gun control as the supposed answer to all of life’s social ills. The problem isn’t that our society is broken or that people can’t figure out how to live without killing one another. The problem is that firearms are a thing that exists.
So, the state has turned to gun control.
They heavily restrict guns in ways that simply don’t exist in many other states.
And yet, this doesn’t seem to happen in most other states, either.
A hospital worker in New Jersey was arrested after a cache of rifles, shotguns, handguns, and ammunition was found inside an unlocked closet.
The weapons were discovered on July 18, after police responded to a bomb threat at Hudson Regional Hospital. While the bomb threat was determined to be a hoax, a K9 unit alerted in front of an unlocked closest during a safety sweep of the hospital. Inside the closet, officers found 27 rifles and shotguns, 11 handguns, and a Kriss Vector .45 caliber semi-automatic rifle, which had a high-capacity magazine.
Reuven Alonalayoff, the hospital’s marketing manager, was taken into custody and charged with possession of an assault firearm and two counts of possession of a high-capacity magazine.
No one seems to know how Alonalayoff supposedly got the guns into the hospital or why he had so many firearms sitting in an unlocked closet.
However, I can’t help but wonder just how much of this was explicitly because it was forbidden under New Jersey law.
Granted, many of the guns appear to have been legal, even in New Jersey. However, the handful that weren’t is what I find the most interesting.
Not only did Alonalayoff allegedly obtain these items, but took them into the hospital where he worked and stuck them in an office closet.
Considering that New Jersey is looking at a mandatory storage law, I find that particularly hilarious.
Now, understand, I’m not condoning what Alonalayoff did. Keeping that many guns in an unsecured closet, especially outside of your home, is a recipe for disaster. Who knows who might have found them and decided to misuse them. It could have been bad for a lot of innocent people.
Yet what he did shouldn’t have led to his arrest. None of those items should be considered illegal–and likely won’t be after various court challenges are determined post-Bruen. At worst, any disciplinary action should have come from his employer.
But this is New Jersey, a state notorious for its dislike of guns.
As such, he was arrested. What’s interesting in that is that this is a hospital marketing manager, not some hardened criminal with a plethora of underworld contacts. If he could get a so-called assault rifle and illegal magazines in New Jersey, then just how hard is it for literally anyone else to obtain them as well?
Based on what we’ve seen out of the state, it can’t be that difficult, and that was before the guy in charge of marketing at a hospital was arrested for having that sort of thing.