Possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes — even a broom

February 26, 2019 - 3:30 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A New Jersey politician was busted for possession — of a broom. 

New Jersey Councilwoman Susan Welkovits is facing the charge of possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes after she hit her husband over the head with a broom and a cookbook.  

While many who have tasted my cooking or seen my floors could argue that what I do with a broom or cookbook is a crime, it kind of seems like a stretch to call a them a weapon, no? 

No, actually. Even a common household item can be used to inflict serious bodily injury or even death. So, New Jersey law says it doesn't have to be a gun to be considered a weapon. 

Razor blades, knives, slingshots, and, in several cases — including an arrest in 2016 after police responded to a domestic violence call and found a 22-year-old woman holding a broom — brooms that have been used to inflict bodily harm, have been the basis of an arrest under the law.  

Use your broom only for good purposes, Glinda. Or at least keep it in the closet and hope nobody notices that it hasn't been used at all.