ASSEMBLY PANEL TO CONSIDER ‘MARC ANTHONY LAW’ BILL SPONSORED BY MAINOR TO PROTECT POLICE OFFICERS

Measure is named after Jersey City Police Detective Marc Anthony DiNardo who was shot and killed with a stolen 12-gauge shotgun in the line of duty in 2009

(TRENTON) – The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee on Monday will consider legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Charles Mainor which honors the life of slain Jersey City Police Detective Marc Anthony DiNardo by making it crime to use a defaced or stolen firearm to injure a law enforcement officer.
The bill (A-1013), known as “Marc Anthony’s Law” in honor of officer DiNardo who died from injuries sustained during a shootout with suspected robbers, would make it a first degree crime to use a defaced or stolen firearm to cause serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer, and a second degree crime to use a defaced or stolen firearm to cause bodily injury to a law enforcement officer.
“Dt. DiNardo was a decorated officer. Just weeks before his death he helped save a woman who had jumped into the Hackensack River. He should have been readying to celebrate his 38th birthday, but instead his life was cut short by a stolen 12-gauge shotgun,” said Mainor (D-Hudson).
“Police officers like Dt. DiNardo put their lives on the line every day to protect others. Their work is dangerous. This bill hopes to reduce that risk by increasing the punishment for criminals who use these types of firearms to harm our police officers, and the penalties for defacing or possessing a defaced firearm. It is the least we can do for those who risk their safety to ensure ours,” added Mainor.
The hearing is set for 2 p.m. Monday, January 30, 2012 in Committee Room 16, 4th floor, State House Annex in Trenton.