2015.02.13 Charged for owning an antique gun

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A 72-year-old retired schoolteacher and historical memorabilia collector Gordon VanGilde got pulled over for the crime of driving in the wrong area, the police found a 250 year old 1700s era flintlock the collector had just acquired: a gun is a gun (there was no antique exemption in the law), so they charged him with owning an illegal weapon. After he retained a lawyer, the NRA publicized the abuse of power, and it went viral, the States prosecutor decided not to press charges. But they could have, and likely would have without the civil libertarians at the NRA calling unreasonable law.


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