Media Citations

The New Jersey Firearms Academy has been featured in a lot of news websites as well as in documentaries and numerous TV shows. The New Jersey Firearms Academy has been featured in Channel 7, ABC World News, CNBC, NBC, CBS, Channel 9, Good Morning America, Court TV, Discovery Channel, Sci-Fi Science: The Learning Channel, WNBC, Bet, J- List, MTV Music Videos, and several film, theatre and TV productions – most notably, the Caught: The Ice Chest Murder and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.

Lateif Dickerson has stood as the expert that represented the New Jersey Firearms Academy during its media coverages where he shared his expertise on several topics, from firearms safety, shooting and gun control. Below are some examples of his interviews and news appearances.

An excerpt from a CBS article:

“…Lateif Dickerson, director of the New Jersey Firearms Academy in Jersey City, told WCBS 880 an accident like the one in Arizona is an “extremely rare” occurrence.

“It’s a fun activity. It makes kids safer when they learn the proper way to learn to handle and fire firearms,” Dickerson said, when asked why parents would want their child to learn how to shoot an Uzi… “Everybody is held responsible. The parents have to live with this for the rest of their life, the child has to live with this, the person who died, his family, his coworkers. Everybody is going to live with this for the rest of their life,” Dickerson said.

Yet another one from the same media organization:

“…As far as gun industry donations to politicians and spending on lobbying, NRA supporters have said they have a First Amendment right to protect their Second Amendment rights.

“Essential. It’s essential because we don’t defend our rights then they will get whittled away,” NRA-certified gun expert Lateif Dickerson said.

Dickerson said he sees microstamping as well-intentioned, but ineffective.

“Almost all guns used in crime were stolen, stolen firearms. So if you have a gun that can microstamp onto a cartridge, that gun gets stolen, you’re still left to find who was the shooter of that firearm, you’re back to square one,” Dickerson said.

And another article from New York’s PIX11:

“…Agreeing with the president was chief firearms instructor Latief Dickerson, owner of the New Jersey Firearms Academy in Jersey City. However, Dickerson was adamant that passing new laws regulating guns is not the way to achieve the president’s goals.

“We want to prevent us being penalized by legislation, which is often misguided and ill informed,” Dickerson told PIX11 News.

He is skeptical of President Obama’s selection of the vice president as the director of the gun regulation effort because Biden, as a U.S. senator, was the driving force behind the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which included the ten-year-long assault weapons ban. After it expired, Biden tried and failed to get the 2007 Crime Control and Prevention Act passed. It would have imposed an arguably tighter assault weapons ban than the first one.

The president and vice president may be now exploring similar measures to the tighter ban that Biden had tried to get passed into law five years ago. They may also be feeling that the measure has a greater chance of passage following Newtown.

Lateif Dickerson, owner of the New Jersey Firearms Academy in Jersey City, was adamant that passing new laws regulating guns is not the way to achieve the president’s goals.

Dickerson, though, doesn’t see that as a good thing, despite the deaths and the sorrow. He’s an 18-year veteran firearms instructor who remembers well when the last assault weapons ban was in effect. He said that it made some supervised shooting activities for which he trains people into something of a farce.

“The [semiautomatic] firearms had to be pre-ban. They had to be owned before the ban,” Dickerson told PIX11 News. In competitions, in which he and his students were active participants, there was only one way to use newly-made semiautomatic rifles. “They had to make exceptions,” he said, “and that shows the flaws in this legislation.”…

A screenshot from an HLN TV coverage about Jodi Arias’s trial. It shows Lateif Dickerson explaining to Jane Velez-Mitchell about how a gun can accidentally fire off:

Pictured below is a screenshot of a Channel 9 New York news coverage of the Sean Bell shooting incident and Lateif, who was a corrections officer then, is being interviewed:

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