On 11-year-old Josh Moore's birthday, his father Shawn Moore gave him a .22 caliber rifle that has a military-style appearance as a gift. He took a picture of his son holding his new rifle and posted the photo to Facebook. On Wednesday, the abuse of the police state found its way to the Moore household. State child welfare investigators and four policemen came to the Moore home and asked to inspect their guns. Mr. Moore was not home at the time.
Mr. Moore gave a first-hand account of the incident on the forum of Delaware Open Carry, saying, "Last night I was out with a buddy of mine. I got a text from my wife that the cops and [Department of Youth and Family Services] are at the house and they wanna check out my guns and needed me to open my safe. I'm instantly on my way. I get in contact with Evan Nappen (his lawyer) on the way. I explain the situation. I walk in my house and hand the phone to the first cop I see. Then direct all of 'em outside. DYFS got a call because of a pic on my son holding a gun. They wanted to look around and check all my guns out, make sure they were all registered. Obviously that didn't go well because I refused. I had Nappen on speaker phone the entire time so they had to deal with both of us. They kept trying to pressure me to open my safe. They had no warrant, no charges, nothing. I didn't budge. I was told I was being 'unreasonable' and that I was acting suspicious because I wouldn't open my safe. Told me they were gonna get a search warrant. Told 'em go ahead. Nappen asked me for the DYFS worker's name. She wouldn't give it. I asked for credentials and she wouldn't show 'em. I tried to take a pic of her and she turned around real fast and walked away. After a while of them threatening to take my kids, get warrants and intimidation (sic) they left. Empty handed and seeing nothing."
Rich Gatanis, the mayor of Carneys Point, N.J., thinks that the police acted appropriately after receiving the tip. “Our police department reacted in a manner I am proud of,” he said. “You must react right away. I’d want them to do the same in the future. You must take every precaution to be on top of situations like this. We want our residents to feel safe.”
"People it can happen that fast. Most people wouldn't have stood up to them like I did," Mr. Moore concluded.