Politics and Guns, Ep 170 Brian Aitken Interview
I want to shout about this, it makes me so mad. I met Brian Aitken a few weeks ago. Last night we interviewed him on the Politics and Guns podcast. His story is compelling and frightening like a Kafka novel brought to life in present day New Jersey. Here is the elevator-speech description of his story.
Brian moved from Colorado to New Jersey. He asked the New Jersey State Police for instructions on legally transporting firearms and ammunition as he moved. He was pressured by the local police to search his loaded car. The police went so far as threatening to put him in a psychiatric hospital on a 72 hour hold so they could search his car. He was interrogated for three hours before he was read his Miranda rights. He was falsely arrested and prosecuted.
Brian wouldn’t accept a plea deal. He was tried, convicted, and served time in a New Jersey prison on felony firearms violations. The sentence was commuted, but not overturned. Family court declared Brian, a dangerous person, so he lost visitation rights and he can’t see his son. The appeals court reversed two of the three charges, but upheld the third.
Under New Jersey’s bizarre firearms laws, there is simply not a legal way to transport ammunition when you move to a new house. (I guess you could drive it to a range and abandon the ammunition there, but you can not legally take ammunition with you as you move.)
Brian wrote a book and started an indegogo project asking for donations to continue his legal case. He wants the conviction overturned so he can regain visitation rights and see his son again! Help him, because if it could happen to him, then it can happen to you or to me.
Thank you Ammoland Shooting Sports News for carrying a short writeup and link.