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Ex-NJIT police officer from Hoboken charged with assault weapon possession



A retired New Jersey Institute of Technology police officer has been arrested on additional criminal charges of possession of an assault firearm and a large capacity ammunition magazine, according to Hoboken police.

Matthew Casazza, 32, of Hoboken, was initially arrested on Aug. 29 after he was seen firing a gun out of the sun roof of his car while driving by 515 Jackson St., police said.

Detectives recovered a total of 13 weapons from his home at Marine View Plaza yesterday. He was in possession of rifles, shotguns, handguns, an SAR 1/AK-47 assault firearm, dummy hand grenades for training and four large capacity assault firearm magazines. All items except the SAR 1 and the firearm magazines were determined to be purchased and owned legally by Casazza.

The principal confiscated assault weapon was a Russian model SAR 1, which is the American equivalent to an AK-47 semi-automatic assault weapon. The high-capacity magazine was fully loaded, reports said.

In August, he was charged with possession of a weapon with an unlawful purpose, reports said. Police determined that the round shot from his sun roof did not injure anyone, but it was unknown where exactly it was fired, reports said.

Police later arrested him and confiscated his legally owned Glock Model 23 semi-automatic handgun and a permit to carry a handgun for a retired law enforcement officer, reports said.

At the time, Casazza was placed in custody on $50,000 bail, reports said. A Superior Court judge issued a court-ordered psychological evaluation and ordered confiscation of all firearms and firearm identification cards, police said. The new set of charges will be officially sent to Casazza once his exam is complete, reports said.

Although all of Casazza's firearms were legally purchased, state law states it is a second-degree crime to either possess or purchase an assault firearm or magazines equipped to hold more than 15 rounds, Det. Lt. Mark Competello said.

Casazzo retired from the campus police force on a disability pension, according to state pension records.

Police Chief Anthony Falco commended the police officers and detectives who worked on the case.

"There is absolutely no purpose either for recreation or otherwise for any person to own a dangerous assault weapon anywhere, especially in the City of Hoboken," Falco said in a statement. "I am just elated that this weapon was confiscated and most definitely makes the city a safer place."

http://www.nj.com/hobokennow/index.ssf/2010/09/ex-njit_police_officer_from_ho.html
 

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Assault is a behavior; Not a weapon.
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Oh boy. Did anyone scrutinize that photo ?? Hunting rifles, hunting shotguns, a compound bow.

Oh, and that dreaded AK47 that serves no useful purpose in Hoboken. The Chief of Police has spoken !!
 

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They even took his airsoft replica! Weird, but wouldn't be surprising if what he had actually fired from his car was the airsoft gun (still exceptionally stupid). I think in NJ, if you printed out a full size picture of an AK, that would be considered and 'assault weapon'.
 

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If the question is "What is the most ridiculous, hand wringing, fear mongering, over reactive statement that can be made by a police chief?"

Here's the answer:

"There is absolutely no purpose either for recreation or otherwise for any person to own a dangerous assault weapon anywhere, especially in the City of Hoboken," Falco said in a statement. "I am just elated that this weapon was confiscated and most definitely makes the city a safer place."
 

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Not sure if I get it. Is the problem solely the magazines, or does NJ take issue with the AK itself, regardless of magazine capacity? This one sentence seems to indicate that he may not have purchased the AK legally:

All items except the SAR 1 and the firearm magazines were determined to be purchased and owned legally by Casazza.
Anyone know if NJ makes a distinction between pre ban/post ban mags, or are "hi-cap" magazines uniformly illegal, regardless of when they were made?
 

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If I remember correctly, which I very well may not, NJ bans anything over 15 rounds regardless of age. I think their AWB is very similar to the original, shouldn't be too hard to find it and see for sure.
 

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The Big Ox said:
If the question is "What is the most ridiculous, hand wringing, fear mongering, over reactive statement that can be made by a police chief?"

Here's the answer:
What's his next statement. "There's absolutely no reason someone should own a Porsche Carrera, Mustang GT or BMW M3, there is no reason cars of this sort should be on our streets, and they serve no purpose since 55MPH is the max speed limit."

Maybe he had a plan to take out some Cake Boss cakes ?
 

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AK's are not legal in NJ from what I know of. There might be a LEO exemption, but I am not certain. They dont have a preban/post ban mag thing, they just have 15, and thats it.

AR's are legal, but again, the mag limitation. But its odd, because they must have an exemption somewhere in the law, otherwise their swat/patrol rifles would only be limited to 15 as well.

Again, this ding bat, shooting out of his car, is the real problem here. HE really likes the camo paint.
 

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Nordon said:
What's his next statement. "There's absolutely no reason someone should own a Porsche Carrera, Mustang GT or BMW M3, there is no reason cars of this sort should be on our streets, and they serve no purpose since 55MPH is the max speed limit."
Don't laugh...eventually our elected "representatives" will take everything away...for our own good. I read an article in American Motorcyclist a couple of years ago...I don't remember which state it was, I want to say MD, but I'm not sure...actually floated the idea of banning ALL sportbikes, claiming that they were only suitable to be used on a racetrack. It went nowhere, but given the chance, politicians will take ANYTHING away from you. It's scary.
 

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I'm glad yo mentioned electied officials. It sounds to me like the Cheif is running for office with all that garbage  coming out of his mouth.  Sounding like a true Gun Control Candidate for office.  My next question - Where can I buy some of these ?
 

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Im sure hoboken will be a safer place now that the crazy sob isnt popping caps out of his sunroof.Must have gotten a psyco retirement. No mention of the hand grenades.
 

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this guy seems like a complete idiot... shooting a gun out your sunroof? Also.. this is quite possibly the most accurate reporting of a firearm related crime. I have never seen that sort of detail about the firearms involved and the legalities of each...

Oh yeah.. and just when we think our laws our bad.. we get to see that NJ is even worse.
 

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Another gun retard ruining it for the good guys. If he wasn't going around shooting out of his goddamn sunroof, that AK47, legal or not, goes unnoticed. Act like a moron and get treated suitably.
 

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mongo said:
Im sure hoboken will be a safer place now that the crazy sob isnt popping caps out of his sunroof.Must have gotten a psyco retirement. No mention of the hand grenades.
The grenades were dummy, practice grenades.
 

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How is this guy "retired" at 32?
That's what I was thinking!? He must have been out on mental disability.
What a bone head statement - "There is absolutely no purpose either for recreation or otherwise for any person to own a dangerous assault weapon anywhere, especially in the City of Hoboken," Falco said in a statement. "I am just elated that this weapon was confiscated and most definitely makes the city a safer place."
I thought hoboken was just the place where you need weapons to protect yourself!
As some already mentioned - with his thinking no one should have a vehicle capable going more than 65mph or more than one sharp knife in your kitchen drawer. He's almost as stupid at the guy they arrested!
 
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