Charges Dismissed in New York Gun Case

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A level of justice has been done in this case, but New York enforcers and prosecutors will continue acting like the sword is reserved for them.

U.S.A. – -( gun charges against a New York man have been dismissed, the County of Westchester Court ordered Jan. 18. Judge George E. Fufidio dismissed the charges pursuant to a motion by the prosecution following a December order that concluded a Colorado concealed handgun permit was insufficient justification for police to search defendant Jonathan Rose’s car during a traffic stop. Because of that, all evidence alleged to have been obtained was ordered suppressed.

The order dismisses nine charges against Rose, including “class C violent felonies of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (two counts), Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree (three counts) [and] Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree (four counts).”

Rose, as AmmoLand Shooting Sports News reported last month, had recently moved to New York and inadvertently handed over “a valid Grand County Colorado concealed handgun permit” along with “a valid Colorado driver's license [and] a valid New York identification card” while looking for his vehicle registration after being pulled over for a missing front license plate. As further reported, Judge Fufidio found that sworn testimony of arresting Rye City Police officers was not borne out by police video camera and microphone evidence, and a recording from Rose’s cell phone.

As this column pointed out, Westchester County Assistant District Attorney Kevin Jones also made a significant misrepresentation of the facts in his Affirmation in Opposition to Rose’s motions. That, along with police testimony that misstated what was documented in the arrest record transcript, made it appear that the defendant was the one playing fast and loose with the truth, instead of his accusers and the prosecutor.

The motion to dismiss acknowledges none of that, but instead cites “the People are unable to sustain their burden to prove this matter beyond a reasonable doubt” due to the evidence suppression order.

The dismissal and sealing of the matter are a vindication for Rose. It will end a long, expensive and terrifying ordeal that could have separated him from his children for years and rendered him a “prohibited person,” forever barred from “legally” owning a gun. It also helps refute some in the comments left under the last AmmoLand report denying official misconduct, and attacking the defendant and the reporting derived from court documents.

“Knowing your rights and protecting yourself is critical,” Rose tells AmmoLand Shooting Sports News. “I can't stress the importance of video to keep people honest. Without it I would be in jail for the next 15 years and my children would have been fatherless”

See order of dismissal at

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David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

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  • 48 thoughts on “Charges Dismissed in New York Gun Case

    1. Excellent reporting Codrea. Long time reader, first time commenter. It is very important that we all learn the lessons taught by this horrific event. Our government can damage us so easily, using our own money no less, through wrong-headed and/or black-hearted bureaucrats and most of us tend to assume the government is right. If you’re by yourself and are instructed to pull over, immediately turn on your cell phone video and either aim it at yourself or put it on the seat aimed in your direction, but out of easy reach. You are legally allowed to record yourself without anyone’s permission, anywhere.
      Don’t get me wrong. I deeply appreciate and admire our guardians, in the armed forces and LE. But there are bad apples in all fields of endeavor. And some aren’t malevolent, just dangerously misinformed.

    2. It’s sad to see American peace officers acting like police state goons. Most are good cops, but it’s scum like this that turn people against the police.

    3. Are you saying that two NEW YORK POLICE OFFICERS and a DISTRICT ATTORNEY lied about a criminal case in their jurisdiction???? REALLY? Are they being prosecuted or at least disciplined? If not WHY NOT. Because these states are more criminally liable than the accused. WHEN is the prosecuting agency going to be held liable for their actions? Only then will the citizens be safe from these scumbags.

    4. I’ve been pondering; Just suppose that factions were in place to rectify judicial tyranny, and at a predetermined time those that have proven to be enemies of justice, and the Constitution of the United States, from the local to the highest office are removed? Makes a body wonder, or hope!

    5. What has happened to LEO officers these days? Brainwashing by the politicians or in the Academy? As a retired LEO I took guns away from criminals and locked them up. I had no problem with gun owners and was once backed up by an armed citizen when making a felony stop on a robbery suspect when backup was minutes away.
      Law enforcement officers are starting to really look like clowns sending SWAT teams out to arrest people, example Roger Stone, like he was El Chapo or Al Capone.

    6. Well if they took his firearm(s) ,thats stealing and its a firearm (s) who keeps the listed firearm property from him is in violation of ffl laws

    7. The one’s playing “fast and loose” are the city/county employees who will not be held to account for the damages to Mr. Rose’s life and finances. From the government’s perspective, they have all the money in the world to go after someone and they do that a thousands times daily, with impunity. This is not the government the Founder’s had in mind. This is the prime example of Tyranny and the result of Big Government accountable only to themselves. Our country has gone so far astray from the Founder’s ideals, I doubt we’ll ever get it back. The best we can hope for are these very small win’s.

    8. Was Mr. Ross an NRA member ? If so where is the ILA and NRA ? In a case like this would one even have to be member ?

      1. “The NRA supported The National Firearms Act of 1934 which taxes and requires registration of such firearms as machine guns, sawed-off rifles and sawed-off shotguns. … NRA support of Federal gun legislation did not stop with the earlier Dodd bills. It currently backs several Senate and House bills which, through amendment, would put new teeth into the National and Federal Firearms Acts.” —American Rifleman, March 1968, P. 22

    9. First of all, I pity the guy if he had to move to NY because of work or whatever. If he did it just to live in NY then I don’t pity him so much. Second, a gun in Ny is like a turd in a punch bowl. If you own one they will come with their jack boots on and stomp you. If you want to move there to abort a baby at nine months, that is ok with them as long as you didn’t bring your gun. In other words, it is ok for them to legally kill an infant but it is illegal for you to defend yourself from any attacks. It is unimaginable what would happen if you shot an illegal when he was trying to rob you. Socialism at work and the finest of everything in the “big apple” really sucks.

        1. One NY resident to another, yea the big apple does suck along with the demoncrap politicians they continually elect.

    10. I would think he would have grounds to sue for damages given provable prosecutorial misconduct and perjury are already a matter of public record.

      1. @Lee, 42 USC 1983, Lawyers should be lining up to interview for the interview to be on his attorney staff to capture the entire Rye City and Wetschester County operating budgets, for the next ten years.

      2. If they don’t prosecute the lying SOBs it encourages other crooked LEOs to do the same shit to other innocent people.

    11. I reckon I’ll be in New York right after I get back from Detroit since I have no plans to ever go to Detroit again….

    12. *****As this column pointed out, Westchester County Assistant District Attorney Kevin Jones also made a significant misrepresentation of the facts in his Affirmation in Opposition to Rose’s motions. That, along with police testimony that misstated what was documented in the arrest record transcript, made it appear that the defendant was the one playing fast and loose with the truth, instead of his accusers and the prosecutor.*****

      I recently retired from LEO in Pennsylvania. We would call this perjury and suborning perjury. This is a crock and they should all be charged. They have lied and they can not be trusted.

      1. Thank you for your public service to your community. Thank you for standing tall and supporting the constitutional laws and your oath of office. It’s sad that there are LEO that violate that oath and give good officers as yourself a bad name.

        1. It’s sad, but inevitable. That’s why it doesn’t really matter how many cops are good cops, unless that number is 100%, which it never will be. It’s like asking how many mushrooms in the wicker basket you just served were not poisonous — those aren’t the ones that matter, only the deadly ones mattered.

    13. Nine charges is an over zealous police officer and prosecutor unless Rose had a carload of firearms, all for not having a front license plate on his car to justify the stop, did he even get a traffic ticket.
      Sounds like a couple of civil servants wanting to make a name for themselves.

    14. the article states that the district attorney MISstated some facts about the case, in other words, he LIED

      1. coppers must swear that the information they present in warrants and indictments is true and correct, under penalty of perjury.

        Their attestations were NOT “true and correct”, thus they have committed felony perjury.

        Their punishent, biblically speaking, would be to suffer the punishment their victim WOULD have received had they been correct, or had their lies been believed and acted upon. In other words, these lying dirtballs in blue trashbags bedecked with shiney badges need to be laying out the fifteen years their victim would have gotten had he not had a judge with a few specks of integrity inside him.

        Go after them. But first, move OUT of New York State

      2. The more proper term used for this type of action, but only against us mere peons, that is those of us without badges or prosecutorial power, it’s called perjury.

        Since this occurred in the state of New York, I have zero faith that the State Attorney General will do anything but look the other way.

        Which means someone should contact the hopefully new US Attorney General, Mr Barr, and ask the federal charges concerning the violation of the gentleman civil rights be laid against the cops and the prosecutor.

        I’ll go ahead and just go to my cupboard and pull out that 60 year old bottle of fine dark rum that’s just been waiting to be opened, just as soon as that happens.

    15. Why were there so many counts allegelled? Was more than 1 gun in the car? He states 15yrs in prison possible?
      Thanks for the warning about moving into different states.

    16. The Deep State is much deeper than than anyone can imagine or believe. Gov Cuomo of NY is proof of that. And sadly the Catholic Church has also been infiltrated at the highest levels. Decades ago when I laughed at those who spoke of UN troops and black helicopters,damn, maybe they were right.

      1. if you really want something to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, go to youtube and search Dan Bongino Connect The Dots. then share the hell out of that video. Thank you.

    17. As a retired LEO, I not only welcomed CCW permit holders today I teach the course. The police and prosecutor in this case appear to have failed in their oath of office. If found warranted, criminal action should be forthcoming, at the very least, administrative consequences!

      1. Yes sir, thanks for your years of Police Service and yes those involved who lied need to answer in court and in civil actions to make Mr. Rose whole.

    18. Cops, Crooks, and those is HIGH OFFICE get away with MURDER. Yet we, the gun owners of N.Y. can’t even protect ourselves.

    19. WAIT just a minute. I used to live in way upstate so I kind of still watch what’s going on. This is the state that all the
      Dumbacrats got off on corruption charges and when they got to close to that a**hole cuomo he stopped the investigation! This state is so crooked it makes lumbard street in San Francisco look straight

    20. I’m curious if that was enough to disuade him from moving to NY?
      I can’t believe the state of this State. It’s embarrassing. For all of our heroism throughout history, NY is now becoming the land of NO. Our Governor stated publicly that pro 2A citizens are not welcome. He also recently stated that pro-life citizens are not welcome. He has released violent criminals and given them the right to vote while still on parole. He allows child molesters into school buildings so he can get their vote as well.
      The man is an egomaniac and a menace. I am embarrassed to say I live in NY. I am also embarrassed by the fact that if every registered gun owner in NY had voted against him in the last gubernatorial election, he’d be long gone.

      1. My wife and I are looking for property PA, We are sick and tired of the BS that is allowed to go on in this state. That man should have been voted out. He will be the down fall of this shithole of a state!

    21. Will the Rye City police officer be charged with perjury for lying under oath? Equal justice under the law. And these are the people that will be the only ones to have weapons if the State has their way. Folks if you expect to be treated fairly and protected by LEOs take a lesson.

    22. By the omission of the charges being brought against the officer bearing false witness and the prosecutor misrepresenting the facts, I’m assuming that nothing is being carried out against those members of the Justice system?
      Why do I feel that if I were to lie to the court or a judge that my penalty would be harsher than the disapproving head shake they likely received from the judge?

    23. The Prosecutor and the Leo’s involved need to have charges brought against Them. Mr Rose needs to be fully compensated for the Hell He has undergone!

    24. The increase in the level of hostility against lawful gun owners is deliberate. Law enforcement is forced to deal with the political aspirations of those elected to high office as well as their own job security. Public safety is cuffed in the back seat of every police cruiser in jurisdictions swayed by unconstitutional proceedure to implement and distort truth, justice and lawful prosecution of the law. This example by a cautious citizen serves to provide us all with thoughtful and resourceful behaviors under extreme duress.

    25. The police officer and the prosecutor should automatically each receive the maximum prison sentence that Mr Rose was exposed to.

      1. @TBSL; ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. These “police” and “prosecuter” LIED about a LEGAL LAW ABIDING American Citizen.

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