Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New Jersey still a sink hole for liberty

A 72-year-old retired teacher faces up to 10 years in prison for being in possession of a freakin' flintlock pistol that's now in its third century. It gets more ridiculous:
A Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled over Gordon for a traffic violation, but wanted to search his car. Upon discovering a flintlock pistol in the glove compartment, VanGilder said that another deputy wanted to let him go since he knew the firearm was an antique. The Sheriff disagreed. VanGilder was arrested the following morning, and faces up to ten years in prison; three and a half to five years of that sentence must be served before parole can be considered.

To make things more absurd, the prosecutor in the case told VanGilder’s lawyer­–Evan Nappen–who’s in the video, that ballistics test will be run on the firearm.
Right. To make sure that it hasn't been used in any of the stagecoach robberies that have lately plagued the state.

So, Governor Christie, you gonna pardon this guy or what?

Update: This story is so outrageous that, er, a guy I know ordered a Tanfoglio semi-automatic pistol; steel frame, chambered in .38 Super, with a 17-round magazine. I understand that his new life's ambition is to have a photo taken of himself holding the gun, while leaning against a "Welcome to New Jersey" sign.


RebeccaH said...

I hope the guy wins in court, and I hope he turns around and sues the sheriff and the state for every penny he can squeeze out of them.

rinardman said...

I want to see the video of that "ballistics test", when they use modern powder, and it blows up in their faces.

Thank you, New Jersey, for making the state I live in seem reasonable by comparison.

Mike said...

Just make sure you can carry in PA and are standing on the PA side of the line. Maryland is just as bad as Jersey.