Bill upping penalties after Jersey City cop’s death amended and passed in committee

TRENTON – The Assembly Public Safety Committee passed A1013 today, MarcAnthony’s Law, which criminalizes use of defaced or stolen firearm to injure a police officer and enhances penalties for defacing a firearm.

Sponsored by Assemblyman Charles Mainor, (D-31), Jersey City, the bill is named for Marc Anthony DiNardo, a Jersey City detective shot and killed in the line of duty last year.

Melissa Bartholomew, a Jersey City police officer and personal friend of DiNardo, said law enforcement deserves the protections afforded in the bill.

The opposition expressed in the hearing was directed to the criminal defacing of firearms, not the penalties regarding attacks on law enforcement. One stakeholder said a general refinishing of firearms could violate the definition of defacing under the bill.

Three Republican members abstained over the defacing issue, a concern echoed by Assemblyman Nelson Albano, (D-1), Vineland. The bill was approved, 8-0-3.

Bill upping penalties after Jersey City cop’s death amended and passed in committee