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NJ State Police Attempt to Confiscate Resident Guns Without a Warrant

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NJ State Police Attempt To Confiscate Resident Guns without a Warran

Millstone Township, New Jersey – -( An Army veteran father says State Police tried to confiscate his firearms without a court order or warrant just because his son was overheard discussing school shooting news with a classmate.

Police said their visit was sparked by a conversation that Leonard Cottrell Jr.’s 13-year-old son had had with another student at the school. Cottrell said he was told his son and the other student were discussing security being lax and what they would have to do to escape a school shooting at Millstone Middle School.

The conversation was overheard by another student, who went home and told his parents, and his mother panicked. The mom then contacted the school, which contacted the State Police, according to Cottrell.

The visit from the troopers came around 10 p.m. on June 14, 2018, Cottrell said, a day after Gov. Phil Murphy signed several gun enforcement bills into law.

After several hours, Cottrell said police agreed not to take the guns but to allow him to move them to another location while the investigation continued.

“They had admitted several times that my son made no threat to himself or other students or the school or anything like that,” he said.

Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was “not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing.”

The troopers searched his son’s room and found nothing, Cottrell said.

“To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” he said. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”

Major Brian Polite, a spokesperson for the New Jersey State Police, stated that the troopers that conducted the investigation determined there was no need for the weapons to be seized. He also said he could not comment on whether the incident was related to the new gun laws.

“In the Garden State, the usual approach is to confiscate first and ask questions later, and victims of this approach often don’t know their rights.  ‎In this case, the victim pushed back and confiscation was avoided — but the circumstances surrounding the incident are outrageous. A student expressing concern over lack of security is not a reason to send police to the student’s home — but it might be a reason to send police to the school to keep students and teachers safe” said Scott L. Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs and a member of the NRA board of directors.

Cottrell said if the school had contacted him and talked about what had happened instead of going to the police first, “it would have been worked out right then and there.” He said he also would have understood if he’d gotten a call from the State Police to learn more, instead of the late night visit to his home.

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    • Ideas Time

      Treason is common place now in America by corporate employees who are trying to enforce non-law statutes and ones that conflict with the highest law in the land, the constitution.

    • Just me

      “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs (security operatives) would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

      ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    • apache54

      What a crock of C–P, they will get this country into a civil war just so they can declare Martial law and TRY to take our weapons!! that IS what this is about!!

    • Everette

      These new New Jersy gun laws do they go against the Constitution ? If so then nail everyone who signed the new laws into action against the American citizens rights to bare arms and hold them for Treason against the Constitution that they swore to up hold and against the people The Government ! This crap needs to stop ! I don’t care who it is !!! This is nwo vatican natzi luciferian and UN muslims attempts to take over America and its citizens ! Nail their asses !!! The people need to stop this crap before it gets started !

    • F16Hoser

      Why did you let them into your home without a search warrant? I would sue the State Police Dept., City and School Officials for violating your constitutional rights to Search and Seizure.

    • doctim11

      Bastards! Treasonous police, they’re lucky they didn’t have more of a conflict.

    • Redlist Renegade

      Cops have become GANG Members PERIOD , ALL over the entire country !!! I really hope that as many of them as possible get What they Really DESERVE and as SOON as possible from every gun owning citizen out there that they try and pull this CRAP on !!!




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