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NJ To Send 72 yo Retired Professor to Jail for Owning FLINTLOCK Pistol

Apparently even the gun controllers who claim that the 2nd Amendment only protects guns from the 1700’s are full of crap.

In the gun control haven that is New Jersey, 72 year old retired English teacher and historical curio collector Gordon Van Gilder is facing a minimum of 3.5 years and up to 10 years in prison for owning a weapon that hasn’t been in vogue since George Washington crossed the Delaware River.

On top of that, if convicted Van Gilder will lose his pension.

So glad to see that New Jersey is ensuring that antiques remain out of the hands of collectors and that those collectors are both jailed and made destitute.  Once again gun control attacks exactly who it is intended to…the innocent and law abiding.

The case springs from once again admitting ANYTHING to the New Jersey gestapo…I mean police force.  In November of last year Van Gilder was pulled over for a traffic violation in Cumberland County after purchasing a Queen Anne Flintlock dated to the 1760’s.  Van Gilder informed the officer of the presence of the unloaded and wrapped up flintlock falsely thinking that honesty is the best policy in New Jersey.  It isn’t.

Apparently, antiques and historical relics have no exemptions from New Jersey’s draconian gun laws so history buffs beware.

Even a single shot flintlock pistol, owned for historical purposes, that takes over a minute to load and fire holds the same penalty as today’s modern semi automatics that were designed in the 21st century.

Van Gilder recounts his arrest in this farce:

“One of the undersheriffs said, ‘Well, let him go, it’s 250 years old. But his boss, who is the sheriff, said, ‘No, we have to arrest him.’ Next morning, I am sleeping and hear pounding on the door, and four of them came and took me away with three or four sheriff’s cars — I guess they didn’t have anything better to do with taxpayer money.”

“I was fingerprinted and I was chained by my legs to an ice cold bench. Apparently there must be a lot of drive-by flintlock shootings in North Jersey.

“I’m charged with a felony.  That could ruin my life. That could hurt my pension that I spent 34 years acquiring. And I couldn’t vote. It’s not right, it’s not fair.”

It’s absolutely not right or fair.  I wonder if Gov. Christie, the man who keeps saying he wants to be President, is going to sit on the sidelines again and “let the process play out” instead of doing what is right and taking some initiative and pardon Van Gilder here and now.  If it plays out, regardless of the outcome Van Gilder will be out THOUSANDS of dollars in court costs and legal fees fighting a bull shit law intended to punish otherwise law abiding citizens.

Not surprisingly, gun control groups have given their approval of this action by the New Jersey Police with their thunderous silence.

Gun control advocacy groups, including the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Violence Policy Center, did not return requests for comment.

This is a moment when they could speak up and say that this is not what their intention were when they pushed for gun control…but then they would be lying.  This is EXACTLY what gun control was meant to do.  To disarm the honest and the law abiding because criminals A) aren’t running around with single shot flintlocks and B) aren’t following the law to begin with.

Once again, Gordon Van Gilder illustrates exactly who gun controllers are targeting with their agenda.

 

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