New Jersey legislators are trying to make it illegal to photograph children in public without parental consent, proving that they have no Constitututional common sense to be lawmakers.
The bill is an attempt to prevent pedophiles from photogaphing children, mainly stemming from an incident last year where a 63-year-old man was photographing 8-year-old girls at a pool because he found them sexy.
But it would criminalize anybody else with a camera, including journalists doing their job, who happen to take photos of children in public.
The bill would make it a third-degree crime, meaning it would come with a 3-5 year maximum sentence, according to the New York Daily News.
The 63-year-old man was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct, which come with a six-month sentence.
But even then, the charges were dropped, even though he had a history of similar run-ins, according to the Star-Ledger.
The New Jersey ACLU and the New Jersey Press Association are protesting the proposed law. And even the bill’s sponsor, republican Assemblyman David Russo, acknowledges the bill is too broad.
The Daily News ran an informal poll in their story and as of this writing, 88 percent of the respondents disagreed with the proposed law and only three percent agreed (eight percent voted that something must be done and one percent didn’t know).