The Carneys Point officials said the officers — in night uniforms and body armor but not SWAT gear — did not attempt an unlawful search.
The officials said that they respect citizens' rights to own weapons and that several officers knew the elder Moore from a shooting club.
Moore's lawyer, Evan Nappen, said the problem is the idea that the government could respond to people talking about or with photos of weapons on social media.
"This is a shame because of the impact it has on a really good dad and his son," Nappen said. "No one was in danger."
He said the state Department of Children and Families was aggressive and intimidating and could have avoided the situation by calling first.
A department spokesman did not return calls Wednesday, but said Tuesday —without commenting on the specific case — that the department routinely checks on tips it receives.
The department has been under years of court-monitoring and has been criticized in several cases where children who died or were in peril were not checked on.
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