A New Jersey family home was raided by police Friday after a father posted a photo of his 11-year-old son holding a rifle on Facebook.
The Daily Caller reports that the family was forced to show their gun collection by police officers and two officials from the New Jersey Department of Children and Families after receiving an anonymous phone call regarding the photo.
Shawn Moore, a certified firearms instructor and safety officer for the National Rifle Association, insists that the .22 rifle in his offending photo is legally owned.
“If you look at the picture, his finger isn’t even on the trigger—which is proper,” said Moore’s attorney, Evan Nappen.
The Salem County family said they are considering taking legal action after officers raided the home without a search warrant.
“It led to an incredible, heavy-handed raid on his house. They wanted to see his gun safe, his guns and search his house. They even threatened to take his kids,” said Nappen.
The Huffington Post reported that police officials announced Wednesday that Moore will not face charges for the photo.
“In light of some of the recent school shootings across the nation, the Carneys Point Police Department takes these types of calls seriously,” said Carneys Point Police Chief Robert DiGregorio and Mayor Richard Gatanis.
Kristen Brown, spokeswoman for the N.J. Department of Children and Families, would not confirm the raid and stated that yhe agency is required to follow up on every allegation.
“In many cases we may follow up on something and we don’t find any problems and the case is closed,” said Brown.