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Morristown Mayor Looks To Make Psych Evals Mandatory For Those Who Threaten Public Safety

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MORRISTOWN, NJ - On the lawn of Town Hall, Mayor Tim Dougherty held a press conference, to discuss the incident that occurred the morning of July 29 which led police to arrest Andrew Pfitzenmayer of Peapack. Pfitzenmayer was arrested at Headquarters Plaza and according to authorities charged "with concealed weapons, unlawful possession of weapons,  and possession of hollow-point ammunition".

"There is an important piece of information that the public needs to be aware of. This is truly a community and police partnership", stated Chief Peter Demnitz. "A citizen noticed something unusual and called authorities and immediate action was taken which resulted in the arrest of this individual".

Mayor Dougherty, after a meeting with the Morris County Prosecutor's Office stated that "he is looking to change legislation regarding individuals that threaten the safety of citizens in public space".

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"The Prosecutor's Office argued that a psychological evaluation should be done prior to his release. The judge did not order a psychological evaluation of this person", stated Mayor Dougherty. "I think that's wrong. I am going to ask other mayors to join together and ask our state legislators to consider creating a law that if a person is arrested for concealed weapons in any public area that it is mandatory that a psychological evaluation is given to that individual prior to bail and release."

Mayor Dougherty reinforced that his comments are not about second amendment rights, but about "the arrest of an individual who was carrying concealed weapons in a public place". Even though the individual has been released, Mayor Dougherty gave assurances that the "pubic is safe".

 

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