January 2011

Downrange: January 2011

The strange case of Brian Aitken

Gun owners in New Jersey met last month to support Brian Aitken, who’s currently serving seven years in state prison for bringing legal guns from another state into the Garden State. Aitken was a finance student at New York University, when on January 2, 2009, he was arrested for illegal possession of firearms while moving from one residence from another. All of the firearms were legally owned. Aitken passed three different NICS background checks to purchase them. But New Jersey statutes make it illegal for anyone without a concealed-carry permit to possess a firearm even if it’s otherwise lawfully owned. The only way to lawfully possess firearms in New Jersey is through exemptions to the law like driving to and from a shooting range or moving residences.

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