NJ State Police Attempt To Confiscate Resident’s Guns without a Warrant

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NJ State Police Attempt To Confiscate Resident's Guns without a Warrant.

Millstone Township, New Jersey – -(Ammoland.com)- An Army veteran father says State Police tried to confiscate his firearms without a court order or warrant just because his son was overheard discussing school shooting news with a classmate.

Police said their visit was sparked by a conversation that Leonard Cottrell Jr.'s 13-year-old son had had with another student at the school. Cottrell said he was told his son and the other student were discussing security being lax and what they would have to do to escape a school shooting at Millstone Middle School.

The conversation was overheard by another student, who went home and told his parents, and his mother panicked. The mom then contacted the school, which contacted the State Police, according to Cottrell.

The visit from the troopers came around 10 p.m. on June 14, 2018, Cottrell said, a day after Gov. Phil Murphy signed several gun enforcement bills into law.

After several hours, Cottrell said police agreed not to take the guns but to allow him to move them to another location while the investigation continued.

“They had admitted several times that my son made no threat to himself or other students or the school or anything like that,” he said.

Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was “not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there's no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing.”

The troopers searched his son's room and found nothing, Cottrell said.

“To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” he said. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn't have access to them and it's on neutral ground and everything and everybody's happy.”

Major Brian Polite, a spokesperson for the New Jersey State Police, stated that the troopers that conducted the investigation determined there was no need for the weapons to be seized. He also said he could not comment on whether the incident was related to the new gun laws.

“In the Garden State, the usual approach is to confiscate first and ask questions later, and victims of this approach often don't know their rights.  ‎In this case, the victim pushed back and confiscation was avoided — but the circumstances surrounding the incident are outrageous. A student expressing concern over lack of security is not a reason to send police to the student's home — but it might be a reason to send police to the school to keep students and teachers safe” said Scott L. Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs and a member of the NRA board of directors.

Cottrell said if the school had contacted him and talked about what had happened instead of going to the police first, “it would have been worked out right then and there.” He said he also would have understood if he'd gotten a call from the State Police to learn more, instead of the late night visit to his home.


  • 109 thoughts on “NJ State Police Attempt To Confiscate Resident’s Guns without a Warrant

    1. This is really sad because of all the men and women who have given their lives to protect our rights.We have to let our voices be heard. Endorse the president’s choice for the supreme court,If we the people can get conservatives on the highest court in our country that is the best way to preserve our rights as free people.

    2. It’s Funny to hear All these other Opinions. Don’t get me wrong You guys Are 100% Right but, I’d like to See how you respond when a rapid response team of 4+ Guys Show Up At your Doors.
      What are you gonna do, Draw down on them ?
      Do It. See how that works out for you, Your Chick & Your Kids . I’ve seen these goon squads in action and you’ll be done within 24 Hrs.maybe 48. They’ve got the Manpower, weapons, food & Water to withstand ANYTHING you can throw at them. I’ve often thought what I’d do in that terrible situation! You’re Screwed ! And THEY Know it.
      Go a head – .The Majority of my Weapons are hidden so well because I’ve spent Yrs. around them. Wake Up my friends & Patriots ! You better be Ready To Lose What You Hold Near n Dear. They’re coming and their Little dogs Too.

    3. N.J. is not the only state that is anti-constitutional. More and more states for following…. Thank God I don’t live in any of them!

    4. The article opens stating the dangers to our 2nd amendment rights. It should have also mention our due process rights under the 4th and 5th amendments are being violated on a daily basis by our elected officials and the police forces acting on their instructions.

    5. This is what law-abiding gun owners have to put up with in the state of New Jersey don’t buy house in Millstone clown residence and clowns in the Board of Education Thank you Mr. Cantrell for your service and for standing up for your rights

    6. They are coming after us one by one and when they have our guns only the bad guys will have them. But they will still want to blame us.

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