Police, Family Services raid NJ home over photo of child with rifle

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Shawn Moore saw his New Jersey home raided by police and family services after posting this photo of his son, Josh, with a gun on Facebook. (Photo: Facebook)

Shawn Moore saw his New Jersey home raided by police and family services after posting this photo of his son, Josh, with a gun on Facebook. (Photo: Facebook)

CARNEYS POINT, N.J. — A New Jersey father got quite a shock when police and representatives from the Department of Child Services showed up at his home after he posted a picture of his son holding a a .22 caliber rifle he got for his birthday on Facebook.

Shawn and his son Josh Moore joined Fox and Friends Wednesday morning to talk about the incident.

According to Shawn, when authorities showed up at his home, they said they wanted to look through the house to make sure that guns weren’t available to his children. They also asked to gain access to his safe in order to run the serial numbers on his weapons to confirm that they were all registered to him.

When asked, Shawn said the officers told him they did not have a warrant, which immidiately raised some red flags in his estimation.

“I think it’s totally illegal,” Shawn told Fox. “In New Jersey, you don’t have to register your firearms. I didn’t commit any crime, I wasn’t charged with anything. What gives them the right to search my home?”

While police were still at the house, Shawn was advised by his lawyer to refuse any request to open the safe. When he followed his lawyer’s instructions, Shawn said representatives from the Department of Child Services threatened to take his children away as a repercussion.

Shawn stood his ground and after about an hour of discussion, they left and never returned with a warrant. Shawn said he’s now considering a lawsuit against the police and family services departments.

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