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ILA REPORT
NRA LEGISL ATIVE ACTIVIT Y

N.J. Dismisses Charges Against Man
Who Faced 10 Years For Possession
Of 1760s Flintlock Pistol

COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL FIREARMS MUSEUM

This Queen Anne's pistol,
circa 1730, is similar to the
one referenced in a recent
incident in New Jersey.

I

n the past few years, New Jersey's Draconian gun
laws have led to a number of outrageous legal abuses,
including the cases of Brian D. Aitken and Shaneen Allen.
Hopefully, a recent case involving the arrest of a 72-year-old
man over a 250-year-old artifact will finally convince the state
legislature to act.

Back in November, Gordon Van Gilder, who had retired after 34 years of teaching,
was traveling in Cumberland County, n.j., when the vehicle he was in was subjected
to a traffic stop. Van Gilder, a collector of historical objects, was traveling at the time
with an unloaded and wrapped 1760s flintlock pistol in the glove compartment. The
pensioner and a traveling companion were pressured into allowing the officer to
conduct a search of the vehicle, at which point Van Gilder told the officer about the
antique firearm. Eventually, Van Gilder was allowed to continue on his way.
The next day, however, several law enforcement officers came to Van Gilder's
home and arrested him. Van Gilder was charged with unlawful possession of a
handgun. New Jersey law targets "[a]ny person who knowingly has in his possession
any handgun, including any antique handgun, without first having obtained a
permit to carry the same." The charge holds a minimum sentence of 3.5 years with a
maximum sentence of 10 years.

An nra News interview conducted
with Van Gilder and his attorney, Evan
Nappen, recounts the former teacher's
harrowing experience. Van Gilder
warned viewers, "Beware of New Jersey.
Don't come here, don't live here." His
treatment, he added, was "an insult to
decent people."
Thankfully, in late February, after
a nationwide outpouring of support
for Van Gilder, Cumberland County
Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae used
her prosecutorial discretion to dismiss
the charges.

Van Gilder warned
viewers, "Beware
of New Jersey.
Don't come here,
don't live here." His
treatment, he added,
was "an insult to
decent people."
If there is any silver lining to this
unfortunate episode, it's that
Van Gilder's case has brought attention
to yet another obvious problem with
New Jersey law, which some state
lawmakers are now seeking to remedy.
State Assemblywoman Caroline
Casagrande (r-Monmouth), for
example, plans to introduce legislation
to align New Jersey law with the federal
Gun Control Act, which exempts from
regulation firearms made prior to 1898.
While this legislation would be an
encouraging step forward, Garden State
gun owners deserve a wholesale change
of the state's onerous gun-control regime.

IN MEMORY NRA-ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

(January 24, 2015 - February 23, 2015)
Eugene Miller, Converse, IN (from Pamela Miller); Sam Tomlin, Emporia, VA (from Terry Tomlin); Donald Riveland, Sheridan, IL (from Jean Riveland);
Howard Bass, Houston, TX (from Betty Bass); Ronald Cole, Export, PA (from Shirley Cole); Ronald England, Monroe, VA (from Vera England);
Edwin McVeigh, Redwood City, CA (from Maria McVeigh); E. R. Ruth, Somerville, TN (from Sherry & Howard Harris); Charles Cohen, Parsippany, NJ (from
Bradley Peckham); Donald Vilet, Navarre, OH (from Peter Vilet); Duane Prackelt (from Mr. & Mrs. John Eitel Jr.); Stephan Raulston, Pioneer, CA, and
Gary Nelson, Oakdale, CA (from Modesto Rifle Club); John Brooks, Sylmar, CA, Tom Barrabee, Sunland, CA, and Pete Fontanili, Granada Hills, CA (from
San Fernando Valley Arms Collectors Association); and Deceased Members of the Dundee Sportsman's Club (from Dundee Sportsman's Club.)

ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

(The following contributed $1,000 or more to the nra Institute for Legislative Action during January 24, 2015 - February 23, 2015.)
Stephen Rosenthal, Fairfax, VA; Ervin Baumann, Midland, TX; Russ Richards, Helendale, CA; Rick Griffin, Fort Smith, AZ; James Waters, Alamo, CA;
Robert Kern, Haymarket, VA; Karen Lien, Perkasie, PA; A.P. McArthur, Hancock, MI; Anne Trapper, Littleton, CO; Robert Brooker, Manchester, MA; Frank DeGanahl,
Amelia Island, FL; Ray Gannon, Nashville, TN; Fred Hahn, Yorktown, TX; Ken James, Las Vegas, NV; McLean Bowman, San Antonio, TX; Rick Cox, Cave Creek,
AZ; Michael Hunsiker, New Hartford, NY; Kenneth Seng, Spanish Fork, UT; Richard Wall, Houston, TX; George Aydelott, Beaumont, TX; Bob Miller, Ripon, CA;
John Luckasen, Omaha, NE; Ruth Brewer, Platteville, CO; FFL Holdings LLC, Springville, UT; O.F. Mossberg & Sons Inc., North Haven, CT; Cape Radiology Group,
Cape Girardeau, MO; Brownells Inc., Montezuma, IA; Swift Bullet Co., Quinter, KS; Shikar Safaris LTD, Plano,TX; and Remington Arms/Freedom Group, Madison, NC.
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