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    New Jersey Man Serving 7 Years for Guns He Owned Legally

    Where is the NRA on this?

    Yep, RINO New Jersey Governor Christie is exactly what I said he was... A Second Amendment SELL-OUT...

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    Brian Aitken, who was sentenced to seven years in prison after two handguns were found in his trunk.

    Family: New Jersey man serving 7 years for guns he owned legally

    By JASON NARK
    Philadelphia Daily News
    [email protected] 856-779-3231

    EVERYTHING Brian Aitken was or had worked for was wiped away one winter afternoon after his mother called the police on him. (WTF is wrong with this woman?)

    Separated from his wife, the entrepreneur and media consultant, now 27, had moved back home to New Jersey from Colorado toward the end of 2008 to be closer to their young son.

    In between jobs, his well-oiled life was running ragged, and on Jan. 2, 2009, when his ex canceled his visit with their son, he became distraught, muttered something to his mother, and left his parents' home in Mount Laurel, N.J.

    "He said something that scared her, things that a guy will only say to his mom, like . . . 'Life's not worth living anymore,' " said Larry Aitken, Brian's father.

    Sue Aitken, a trained social worker, decided to play it safe and called police, but she hung up before the 9-1-1 dispatcher could answer. Police traced the call and showed up anyway, and found two handguns in the trunk of Brian's car. And now Brian, her middle child, a graduate student with no prior criminal record, is serving a seven-year prison sentence for weapons charges.

    No one blames Sue Aitken for Brian's arrest, except herself maybe, (Really? I am not buying it) but his father and attorney claim that the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and the former Superior Court judge who tried the case ignored evidence that proved Brian had the guns legally. The family has asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for clemency and has garnered a great deal of support on a "Free Brian Aitken" Facebook page and among gun-rights advocates.

    Aitken and his supporters believe that he had a legal exemption to have the handguns in his car because he was moving from his parents' home to a residence in Hoboken.

    "This case is the perfect storm of injustice," said Aitken's attorney, Evan Nappen, of Eatontown, Monmouth County, who specializes in gun laws.
    The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and former Superior Court Judge James Morley said Aitken and his legal team tried during closing arguments to raise an issue related to Aitken's moving that wasn't presented during the trial, but Morley wouldn't consider it. Aitken remains in prison pending his appeal.

    A few weeks after Aitken's trial over the summer, Morley learned that Christie was not going to reappoint him, due in part to a 2009 case in which he dismissed animal-cruelty charges against a Moorestown cop accused of sticking his ***** into the mouths of five calves. Morley said there was no way of knowing whether the calves had been "puzzled" or "tormented" by the officer's actions.

    Nappen thinks the animal-cruelty case exemplifies poor decision-making by Morley.

    "Brian didn't receive oral sex from calves; he only lawfully possessed firearms," Nappen said.

    A spokesman for Christie acknowledged that his office had received clemency requests for Aitken, but declined to comment further.

    Handguns in a duffel bag

    When Mount Laurel police arrived at the Aitkens' home on Jan. 2, 2009, they called Brian - who was driving to Hoboken - and asked him to return to his parents' home because they were worried. When he arrived, the cops checked his Honda Civic and, inside the trunk, in a box stuffed into a duffel bag with clothes, they found two handguns, both locked and unloaded as New Jersey law requires.

    Aitken had passed an FBI background check to buy them in Colorado when he lived there, his father said, and had contacted New Jersey State Police and discussed the proper way to transport them.

    "He bought them at Bass Pro Shops, for God's sake, not some guy named Tony on the street corner," his father said.

    New Jersey and Colorado are on opposite ends of the gun-control spectrum. In Colorado, all he needed was the background check to own the guns.

    In the Garden State, Aitken was required to have a purchaser's permit from New Jersey to own the guns and a carry permit to have them in his car.

    He also was charged with having "large capacity" magazines and hollow-point bullets, which one state gun-control advocate found troubling.

    "What little I can glean about the transportation issue leaves me puzzled, but a person with common sense would not be moving illegal products from one place to another by car," said Bryan Miller, executive director of CeaseFire NJ, an organization devoted to reducing gun violence.

    "If Mr. Aitken did the research he said he did, he would not have hollow-point bullets and large-capacity magazines in the vehicle," Miller said. "They are illegal, period."

    New Jersey allows exemptions for gun owners to transport weapons for hunting or if they are moving from one residence to another. During the trial, Aitken's mother testified that her son was moving things out, and his friend in Hoboken testified he was moving things in. A Mount Laurel officer, according to Larry Aitken, testified that he saw boxes of dishes and clothes in the Honda Civic on the day of the arrest.

    The exemption statute, according to the prosecutor's office, specifies that legal guns can be transported "while moving." Despite testimony about his moving to Hoboken, a spokesman for the prosecutor said the evidence suggested that Aitken had moved months earlier, from Colorado to Mount Laurel. "Again, there was no evidence that he was then presently moving," spokesman Joel Bewley said.

    After Nappen raised the moving-exemption issue, he said, the jury asked Judge Morley for the exemption statute several times and he refused to hand it over to them. Morley, in a phone interview, echoed the sentiments of the prosecutor's office.

    "My recollection of the case is that I ruled he had not presented evidence sufficient to justify giving the jury the charge on the affirmative offense that he was in the process of moving," Morley said.
    Morley declined to comment further.

    Aitken, who did not testify, was convicted and in August sentenced to prison. His father said that his son was involved in an "incident" after arriving in prison but that he doesn't discuss it.

    "This is the most normal, everyday, All-American regular kid, and for this to happen to him is a disgrace," Larry Aitken said. "It's a disgrace of society."


    Source...
    Family: New Jersey man serving 7 years for guns he owned legally | Philadelphia Daily News | 11/30/2010

    New Jersey was at the heart of the Revolution & the framing of the founding documents, and now its one of the most oppressive states in the entire country...
    New Jersey Sheeple, TAKE BACK your state...
    Educate your friends, family, peers, etc., on what the Unabridged Second Amendment actually is...

    Call The NRA and ask them to get off of their arses...
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    Question Where is Bohemian in this case?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bohemian View Post
    Where is the NRA on this?
    Bohemian, the defendent has Evan F. Nappen as his Attorney. EVAN F. NAPPEN Attorney At Law, PC - Home

    You would be very familiar with that name if you listened to the NRANews radio broadcast show "Cam and Company" as Evan Nappen is a regular guest. You can listen to NRANews on Sirius and XM radio, it's on the "Patriot" channel and is broadcast Monday thru Friday at 9PM untill 12AM. You can also listen to the broadcast, and reruns as well at the website NRA News

    The fact that you don't know who Evan Nappen is, indicates that you don't follow the NRANews broadcasts, or for that matter events in New Jersey. If Evan Nappen is involved in this case, the NRA is involved. I think you should take some more time to learn about the organization you always seem to be cutting down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G50AE View Post
    Bohemian, the defendent has Evan F. Nappen as his Attorney. EVAN F. NAPPEN Attorney At Law, PC - Home

    You would be very familiar with that name if you listened to the NRANews radio broadcast show "Cam and Company" as Evan Nappen is a regular guest. You can listen to NRANews on Sirius and XM radio, it's on the "Patriot" channel and is broadcast Monday thru Friday at 9PM untill 12AM. You can also listen to the broadcast, and reruns as well at the website NRA News

    The fact that you don't know who Evan Nappen is, indicates that you don't follow the NRANews broadcasts, or for that matter events in New Jersey. If Evan Nappen is involved in this case, the NRA is involved. I think you should take some more time to learn about the organization you always seem to be cutting down.
    Apparently, unlike yourself; I DO my due diligence research...
    http://www.usacarry.com/forums/firea...amendment.html

    Instead of making assumptions, about what I do or do not know, or anybody else for that matter; perhaps you might want to ask the NRA as I did...

    The NRA officially is not involved in this case at this time, AND has not been at ANY point in this case thus far...
    Call the NRAILA & find out for yourself - 1-800-392-8683

    NUFF SAID...

    "The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion." - Edmund Burke

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    I might have missed it, but what the heck were the cops doing in his car trunk?
    You can run... but you'll just die tired. 3%

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldOwl View Post
    I might have missed it, but what the heck were the cops doing in his car trunk?
    Most likely an illegal search.

    I heard hollow points called cop killer bullets on tv tonight and wondered where do some people live?

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    Thumbs down Brainy Smurf Move.

    OK, so you are going to quote yourself to prove how much you know. That's a move from the playbook of Brainy Smurf.

    Evan Nappen discussed this very case on the Wednesday episode (12/1/2010) of "Cam and Company". "Cam and Company" is the show I mentioned previously that you can watch for yourself if you'd like. On the Wednesday edition of "Cam and Company", Evan Nappen thanked Cam for his extensive coverage and the NRA's Legal defense fund, which has been providing assistance with legal fees from the begining. Cam Edwards, the host of "Cam and Company" mentioned this case again on his Thursday episode dated 12/2/2010.

    So yeah, you are right, the NRA is not involved in this case. The defendant has an attorney that is pretty darn close to being NRA endorced. The defense team receives funding from the NRA's legal defense fund, that's according to Evan Nappen. And the case receives a lot of caverage through the NRA's media outlet NRA News So yeah, you are right, the NRA isn't doing anything here.

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    This is a sad story for sure. Only problem is he did brake nj law. While he did legally own the guns the guns were not legal to own in nj. Hollow point ammo is also banned in nj. As for the search of his car well,let's just say nj sucks and leave it at that. His biggest mistake was leaving Colorado for jersey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G50AE View Post
    So yeah, you are right, the NRA is not involved in this case. The defendant has an attorney that is pretty darn close to being NRA endorced. The defense team receives funding from the NRA's legal defense fund, that's according to Evan Nappen. And the case receives a lot of caverage through the NRA's media outlet NRA News So yeah, you are right, the NRA isn't doing anything here.
    But after all is said & done, he's still going to prison for 7 years, NRA help or not.
    That's why I left NJ & never looked back.
    1. High Taxes
    2. Low home values
    3. Borderline gov't bankrupcy
    4. Mismanaged gov't
    5. Massive gov't nepotism
    6. No right to protect yourself

    And when I was a kid all they complained about was the "Jersey" smell!

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    The 7 years is what is ridiculous. That is cruel and unusual punishment. The only crime involved in an honest citizen owning hollow points is the government inflicted crime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G50AE View Post
    OK, so you are going to quote yourself to prove how much you know. That's a move from the playbook of Brainy Smurf.

    Evan Nappen discussed this very case on the Wednesday episode (12/1/2010) of "Cam and Company". "Cam and Company" is the show I mentioned previously that you can watch for yourself if you'd like. On the Wednesday edition of "Cam and Company", Evan Nappen thanked Cam for his extensive coverage and the NRA's Legal defense fund, which has been providing assistance with legal fees from the begining. Cam Edwards, the host of "Cam and Company" mentioned this case again on his Thursday episode dated 12/2/2010.

    So yeah, you are right, the NRA is not involved in this case. The defendant has an attorney that is pretty darn close to being NRA endorced. The defense team receives funding from the NRA's legal defense fund, that's according to Evan Nappen. And the case receives a lot of caverage through the NRA's media outlet NRA News So yeah, you are right, the NRA isn't doing anything here.
    Believe what you want to belive...

    I am quoting correspondence from the NRAILA ...

    And while the NRAILA's site seems to mention ever other case they are involved in or have been involved in, they conspicuously make no mention of this one...

    sounds suspect to me...

    invictus maneo

    "The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion." - Edmund Burke

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