Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Prison time for a state line

Brian Aitken's Mistake - Reason Magazine

New Jersey has a complicated set of laws that makes many non-violent acts with guns felonies--acts that are completely ordinary and legal in other states.  Aitken was caught with legal, unloaded guns locked in his trunk.  He was either moving which would have been legal, or he was keeping a drunken party from having access to guns, a felony.  The judge disallowed testimony that he was moving.

Is a right really protected if the rules are complex, and the penalty for making a mistake is years in prison?  I doubt I would risk owning guns in New Jersey.

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