By The Blaze. Disabled Iraq war veteran Leonard Cottrell Jr. alleges New Jersey State Police attempted to confiscate his firearms last month without a warrant. He stood his ground, held to his Second Amendment rights, and did not let police take them.
Now, Cottrell is blaming a recently implemented New Jersey law, which he says targets law abiding gun owners. . .
Cottrell said his wife allowed the officers to search their home, including his son’s room, but they did not locate any weapons. Still, Cottrell said police wanted to confiscate his firearms — a shotgun and pistol — despite not having a warrant to do so. . .
But Cottrell, who served three tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom, was having none of it.
Cottrell said the incident is related to a law New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed into law in March. The law allows police to seize guns from law abiding citizens who the state determines pose a threat to themselves or others — even without due process. (Read more from “Veteran Says Police Tried to Confiscate His Guns Without a Warrant, Due Process. He Said No.” HERE)
Vet Says Troopers Asked to Take His Guns Without a Warrant. He Didn’t Let Them
By NJ. . .Cottrell, a disabled U.S. Army veteran who served three tours during “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” owns a shotgun and a pistol. He has all the correct permits to own the firearms, he said, and predominately uses the shotgun to hunt.
He said his wife allowed the officers to enter the home, and with her permission, they searched his son’s room — but they did not find any weapons, he said. The officers, he said, didn’t have a warrant but still wanted to take his guns. Cottrell wouldn’t let them.
“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” he said Thursday.
He said the attempted seizure resulted because of a new law Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law that makes it easier for police to confiscate guns when someone in the state poses a threat to themselves or others. The law is part of a broader statewide effort to make New Jersey’s gun laws even tougher amid the national outcry for more gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The U.S. Secret Service said Thursday that schools around the country should establish teams to evaluate potential threats and encourage students to report troubling behavior. (Read more from “Vet Says Troopers Asked to Take His Guns Without a Warrant. He Didn’t Let Them” HERE)