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.


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

    1. FOR YEARS… UNION WORKERS… HUNTERS… BLUE COLAR WORKERS… AND WELFAIR PEOPLE … have voted time and time again for liberal Democrats… This is your reward. The liberals put former blood thirsty Iraq solders in police uniforms give the machine guns, armor and grenades and they cannot wait to use them.. The end is here. When the Demos take over the congress…. things will get even worse. Civilians have lost all of their rights. Even the federal education department and EPA has their own SWAT team. He is lucky that they did not raid his home at 2 A.M., lob smoke and shock grenades into the house following with sustained fire until blood oozed out the doorways. Then the press would congratulate them on their bravery, for neutralizing a firearm owner who was reported to be a danger to society by a crack pot high school teacher.

    2. When Police show up at your doors? That should not happen because no one should be able to get near your doors. There should be a double perimeter beyond your doors; as for example, a locked gate on your porch 9 feet from your door and a yard fence that prevents anyone even from getting to that gate. Cops come to your fence and can’t enter unless a warrant. You stay behind your porch gate while cops stay behind your yard fence. At least a ten foot separation. You can ask for a warrant and what they intend to do if you refuse to give them ID or answer their questions.

      1. Good luck with that. I know of no jurisdiction that won’t allow police to come into your yard beyond a fence or gate to knock on your door. Of course you can and should ask them to leave if they don’t have a warrant.

        1. Move to the country. The farther you move away from Law Enforcement the less Law Enforcement you encounter. We see our county sheriff’s deputy once a year around Christmas time, once he had a newbie with him for “area familiarization.”

            1. I grew up in the country and it turned into the suburbs and now it’s almost a city ( to me it is) !
              Back then we had 3 cops total , now over 30 and counting ! Moving into the less populated areas only adds to the population, the country roads get paved , street lights get installed, sub divisions crop up all over, places to actually use your guns are diminished, your rights are diminished also to the point you can’t have a fire pit in your own backyard!!
              Unless you vote in people who are willing to uphold the constitution ( not just say they will) it will be repeated again and again until America is no more!! We are already the (divided )states of America if you truly think about it ! Our forefathers built it for US and now people are too afraid of confrontations so they are willing to become marionette puppets who will just do what they are told and want everyone else to protect them and their interests!! They haven’t a clue that their first line of protection for their own lives as families is THEMSELVES !!!!

    3. Do not have a door that people can knock on. Keep visitors at least behind a gate removed from the front door, like a gate to a porch or a gate to your yard w/ no trespassing on it. Do not allow police in nor any search without warrant. Talk w/ cops across a barrier like a fence. Act friendly & assure the cops that you support the police. State that you do not wish to give any testimony without an atty present, but if they suspect you of something, tell them you would like to speak in your own defense without giving any testimony (like a lawyer does). Keep a distance from the cops.

    4. I would hope the next move would be for the parents to meet with the State Police and find out what went wrong on the law enforcement side. Obviously the wrong reaction to an educator saying the wrong thing to police.

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

      1. Then the old saying will come true. “They will have to pry my weapon from my cold dead hands”. It is better to stand, fight and die. Than to live on your knees in fear and slavery.

    7. 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.

    8. 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

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