In Jersey, A Flintlock Pistol Can Get You A 10-Year Jail Sentence

February 16, 2015 Leave a comment

Originally posted on Starvin Larry:

Where is there any justice in locking up a 72-year-old man for up to 10 years for having an antique flintlock pistol? I’m sure in the Garden State authorities can find frivolous reasons, but there really isn’t any justification for such a prosecutorial overreach.

NRA News’ Ginny Simone ventured into New Jersey to speak with Gordon VanGilder, public enemy No. 1 in Cumberland County. VanGilder is a retired teacher whose career spanned 34 years. He’s an admirer of 18th century artifacts and historical memorabilia and bought the pistol to go with his collection. The pistol featured in Simone’s report is approaching its 300-year anniversary.

Simone reported that Gordon was arrested last November while heading home after lunch. 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…

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New poster child for gun rights? – My9 New Jersey

February 2, 2015 Leave a comment


Rudolph, New Jersey (My9NJ) – There is a serious Second Amendment issue happening here in the Garden state, more specifically in Rudolph, New Jersey!

24-year-old Steffan Josie-Davis is from Jersey and was an armed security guard in 2013. The company he worked for supplied him with a 9 millimeter Smith & Wesson handgun but unfortunately was arrested even though he legally owned the gun.

The day Josie-Davis was arrested, he was running late for work and his 6-year-old sister came outside. He didn’t want her to see the gun so he quickly put it in his glove-box.

In his hurry, he came back out and proceeded on his way. He was pulled over for an expired registration but while searching for his registration, the handgun was seen by the police so he told the officers about the handgun and voluntarily gave it to them in exchange for two tickets.

When he arrived at the police station to retrieve his handgun, he was arrested immediately and charged with a felony of unlawful possession of a weapon, a crime punishable by 5 years minimum in jail with 10 years maximum.

“You know, I have no record, never had any record at all, never been a criminal at all, the least I had was a parking ticket,” Josie-Davis explained.

During his court proceedings, Josie-Davis plead down to a lesser charge to avoid jail time but now he is on probation and can’t find work or continue his life at all.

“It affected my life drastically because you know I can’t follow my dreams that I was trying to become. It was hard to find a career without a felony. So just even with a felony, it’s just icing on the cake and makes it even harder,” he said.

However, Josie-Davis has full support of New Jersey’s Second Amendment Society, The President of the society, Alexander Roubian, commented on Josie-Davis’ case.

“What Steffan is charged of is not illegal in the majority of other states. And it’s only in New Jersey that they create these laws to make anybody a convicted felon,” he said.

Since Josie-Davis doesn’t have a criminal background and had possession of the gun due to his job, he is now seeking a pardon from Governor Christie for help.

via New poster child for gun rights? – My9 New Jersey.

New York’s Plot to Gut the Second Amendment

December 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on Give Me Liberty:

This is from American Thinker.

This ruling could unleash a hydra that will entangle us all.

We sure cannot depend on the Supreme Court to defend The Second Amendment look how they screwed up on Obamacare.

On Dec. 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will hear oral arguments in the case of Nojay v. Cuomo.  At stake is nothing less than whether the Second Amendment grants substantive gun rights to American citizens, or is meaningless rhetoric that allows the government total control over what firearms citizens may or may not possess.

On Jan. 15, 2013, New York passed the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act, commonly known as the SAFE Act.  The SAFE Act is beyond question the most draconian gun control passed in the history of the United States – and a cornerstone of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s stated plan to make New York “the progressive capital

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Gun rights, even in New Jersey

December 2, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on Starvin Larry:

I blogged in April about In the Matter of the Application by Michael McGovern, which offers some interesting (though non-precedential) views on New Jersey gun law. As I noted then, New Jersey requires a license to buy a handgun, and allows sheriffs to deny such licenses if the person was not of “good character and good repute in the community” or “where the issuance would not be in the interest of the public health, safety or welfare.” There is, however, an appellate review process.

Michael McGovern was denied a license, for several reasons. First, the Jersey City Police Department requires applicants to fill out extra forms, beyond those required by state law; McGovern refused to fill them out, arguing that state law didn’t authorize them.

Second, the trial court reviewing the department’s denial took the view that such uncooperativeness showed a lack of “good repute within the community.”


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November 1, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on Christian Patriots Network:


The city of New York has agreed to pay $7,500 in a settlement for wrongfully arresting a sculptor who was carrying a knife for his work.

The arrest came when an officer improperly classified his legal blade as a banned “gravity knife,” which opens with a flick of the wrist and locks, according to an advocacy organization.

“New York City’s outrageous persecution of those with common pocket knives must end,” said Doug Ritter, chairman of the activist Knife Rights organization.

“Knife Rights will continue to fight these unconstitutional abuses by the city until we win,” he said.

The owner of the knife was identified only as Jonathan W., at his request, to protect his identity, the group said.

“Jonathan was carrying a Spyderco UK Pen Knife with a non-locking blade in New York City when he was arrested for possession of an illegal ‘gravity knife.’ After considerable effort the charges…

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Authorities: Home Invaders Targeting Indian Families In New Jersey

October 30, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS New York:

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police on Thursday said home invaders have been targeting families of Indian descent in South Plainfield and Old Bridge, New Jersey.

The robbers have been storming into the homes of South Asian-American families, restraining the family members, and stealing undisclosed amounts of cash, electronics and jewelry, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office.

In each of the robberies, two or more masked men with handguns entered the homes through rear entrances before tying up the victims and ransacking the homes, prosecutors said.

The most recent home invasion occurred this past Tuesday in South Plainfield, prosecutors said. A family of five was targeted, and the gunmen took jewelry before running off, prosecutors said.

Earlier incidents happened this past Sunday, and on Monday, Oct. 20, prosecutors said.

No arrests had been made as of Thursday, but the investigation was active and continuing. Police and prosecutors would not…

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Police Search For Armed Men Wanted In Home Invasions In Old Bridge Township, NJ

October 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on CBS New York:

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Police in New Jersey are searching for several armed men wanted in at least two home invasions this month.

The incidents occurred in the Oakwood and Country Place sections of Old Bridge Township.

One of the victims spoke to CBS 2’s Christine Sloan off camera. She said she is so terrified that she doesn’t even want to talk about what happened to her and her family, Sloan reported.

Police said three masked gunmen broke into two separate homes, terrorized the families, assaulting at least one person in each household and then taking off with cash and electronics, Sloan reported.

“They entered via the back of the house, they broke their way in, they had handguns and they demanded the money, once they got the money from everyone there and they had searched the house they then left,” said Capt. Robert Weiss, Jr. of the Old…

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