Flintlock from 1700s could land elderly NJ man in prison

February 18, 2015

vangilder copyA retired teacher is facing 10 years in prison and the loss of his state pension for possessing a flintlock pistol that may not have been fired since George Washington was alive, his attorney told FoxNews.com on Wednesday.

In a case that underscores the Garden State’s strict gun laws, Gordon Van Gilder, a retired English teacher and collector of historical items, has been charged with criminal possession of a handgun and faces up to 10 years in prison. If the 72-year-old is convicted, the charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 3.5 years and the pension Van Gilder earned as an educator could be revoked, penalties attorney Evan Nappen called “outrageous.”

“It’s crazy,” Nappen told FoxNews.com. “The gun was unloaded and strictly possessed as a historical relic. We’re hoping the prosecutor will exercise discretion and dismiss his case.”

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • WB9IIE says:

    This story just goes to show how far anti-gunners will go to obtain their goal. Common sense does not enter the equation. If Gov. Cristi doesn’t qash this situation he needs to be removed from office.

  • calhar says:

    This is a classic example of the ignorance of the New Jersey Politicians.Somebody should kick these idiots in the rear end and jar their brains back into their heads.Then their mutton head Governor thinks he should run for President.SH>>>>>>>>>>>>t

  • jhforsythe says:

    Where do they find all the fools running our governments? The Second Amendment protects the “right to bear arms”. These fools are subverting the Constitution of the United States.

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