Retired law enforcement officers from the Palisades Interstate Park Police, William Paterson College and various other agencies can now carry handguns in New Jersey under a law signed by Gov. Christie.
“We as a state have been stepping on people’s right to protect themselves for too long,” said state Sen. Gerry Cardinale of Cresskill, who sponsored and campaigned hard for the bill.
“These officers have already displayed the capability of carrying a firearm in the line of duty," said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). "Once they retire, this will give them the ability to keep protecting the public from acts of violence.”
The law expands the list of officers eligible to retired state park and transit police, juvenile corrections officers, parole officers and housing authority officers.
“These individuals have spent their careers protecting our citizens,” Senator Cardinale said. “Let’s give them the chance to continue that after they retire.”