“Scary” Gun Means Man Faces Felony Gun Charges In New Jersey.

When 72 year old Gordon VanGilder was pulled over by a New Jersey policeman for a minor traffic infraction, he probably never would have dreamed the encounter with the officer would end with VanGilder facing 10 years in jail, 3 1/2 of which must be served with no chance of parole.

VanGilder was pulled over and the deputy sheriff used the ol’ tactic of “you don’t mind if I search your car, do you? If you have nothing to hide, it shouldn’t be a problem.” The officer threatened to get a dog to search the vehicle if necessary.

VanGilder, a retired school teacher, thought he didn’t have anything illegal in the car but did tell the cop about a 225 year old unloaded flintlock pistol he was transporting that was in the glove compartment.

Because the flintlock is such a dangerous, scary looking weapon, the following day four deputy sheriffs arrived at VanGilder’s home and arrested him.

We generally respect laws and think the way to change them is to work through the legislative process. However, when you have legislatures and an executive branch that signs such ridiculous laws into effect with no thought to the God given and natural rights of people, the only way to deal with these situations is to tell the government to take a long walk off a short pier.

In this case, the legislators, the governor, the sheriff’s department and the prosecutor are not worthy of being in the public sector and in a position where they are to be serving and protecting the people of the state of New Jersey.

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