Can someone's life be ruined by gun laws that are too strict? Fox News sure thinks so. Their guest tells a story that is supposed to evoke sympathy and outrage over those damned liberals who want to make it harder to carry a weapon.
Steffon Josey-Davis was removing his gun from his garage safe and was walking towards the car, and says he was trying to disarm his firearm. His six year-old sister then walks in, unexpectedly, startling him; so he put his gun where? Where else? His glove box, that's the place he decided was best. Later that night, Davis was driving around with his girlfriend in that very same car, which had an expired registration. Josey-Davis described the night of his arrest to FoxNews.com in detail.
He said that after he was pulled over, he reached into the glove compartment for the car's registration. He saw the gun, which he had forgotten about, and turned it over to the officers. They took it, issued him a citation for his registration -- which had expired that morning -- and let him go. They told him to return to the Highland Park Police Department the following Monday to retrieve his firearm, he claims.
Josey-Davis says he did as he was told, bringing with him his work credentials and receipts for the firearm. What happened next stunned him.
"They handcuffed me and charged me with unlawful possession of a firearm -- a second-degree felony," he told FoxNews.com. But the fact that he did not yet have a permit to carry the gun -- which was stored, still loaded, in the glove compartment -- resulted in his arrest.
According to Doocy, he volunteered to hand the weapon to law enforcement, because he knew he did not have a carry permit, even if he purchased the gun legally. Fox News, usually the champion of civil rights-violating police officers, now suddenly feels compassion for a man who broke the law because they pick and choose the laws they like.
Take a look at the attorney that he has retained for his case. Meet Evan Nappen, a "gun rights" attorney, because guns need rights. Here is just a small part of his bio.
He knows first hand what rotten laws do to honest folks...He wrote and produced the DVD, GUN CONTROL – OUT OF CONTROL: How Gun Laws Make Honest Citizens Criminals, and authored a number of gun rights books, including NAPPEN ON NEW JERSEY GUN LAW, NEW HAMPSHIRE GUN, KNIFE AND WEAPON LAW and THE DECLARATION, as well as numerous articles that have appeared in American Handgunner Magazine, Blue Book of Gun Values, NSSF Range Report, Tactical Gear Magazine, American Gunsmith Magazine, The New Gun Week, BLADE Magazine, Sporting Knives, Knives Annual, and Harper’s Magazine. He has been quoted in numerous national newspapers and has been a guest on many television and radio shows, including Court TV, Glen Beck – The Blaze, Judge Janine – Fox News, Wolfe Blitzer – CNN, Real Talk – WWOR, It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle, Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk, Armed American Radio, Gun For Hire Radio, and Cam & Company/NRA News. He is currently a Board Member of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, Inc. He is an NRA Certified Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Personal Protection Inside and Outside the Home and Home Firearm Safety Instructor.
Steve Doocy doesn't present the side of law enforcement, at least in this case. Of course, law enforcement is infallible anytime they use lethal force on unarmed black men, but when they are enforcing a law that limits the mass proliferation and carrying of lethal weapons, they are totally out of line.
But the officials who are presenting the case against Josey-Davis see things a bit differently.
In a statement to FoxNews.com, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said Josey-Davis was stopped by police for driving a vehicle with an expired registration. He said that during the stop, Josey-Davis "gave four significantly different versions of the circumstances surrounding his illegal possession of the handgun."
"Additionally, he said he worked for an armored car company, but he did not possess a license to carry the weapon, which was seized as evidence," Carey said.
"Describing his conduct as a simple mistake does not negate the seriousness of this law, which was created to protect police officers and the public," Carey continued. "Illegal gun possession is a second-degree offense, punishable by a prison term of multiple years. This defendant agreed to plead guilty and was placed on probation for one year."
So he wasn't licensed to carry the weapon, or was he? Doocy never mentions that possibility, he only mentions that his dreams of becoming a police officer are on hold, indefinitely. Naturally, the NRA enthusiasts at Fox News are going to go to bat, not for the defendant in this case, but for the rights of gun manufacturers. They need to increase the likelihood that more innocent people will become victims of the destruction that their lethal weapons will leave in their wake.