Last month in New Jersey, Iraq war veteran Leonard Cottrell Jr, who served multiple tours fighting overseas for “Operation Iraqi Freedom” for the U.S. Army, was confronted by local police officers who tried to confiscate his guns without a warrant.
Mr. Cottrell has a shot gun, and a hand gun in which he has all legal papers to own them.
This all started with a comment his son, 13 year old who attends Millstone Middle School, said about the security at his school. Due to his son’s comment the New Jersey police wanted to confiscate Mr. Cottrell’s gun as part of the investigation.
At the time the Officers arrived at their residence, his wife was home and allowed police to search their sons room, in which nothing of any suspicious nature was found.
Mr. Cottrell said that, “No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,”
The attempt by police to confiscate Cottrell’s firearms comes after Democrat Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill that makes it easier for police and other law enforement to confiscate firearms without due process.
Cottrell said the officers “danced around the issue” when he confronted them about the new law.
A New Jersey State Police spokesman declined to answer questions about whether this incident had anything to do with the new gun laws.
In an email, Sgt. First Class Jeff Flynn said, “Troopers responded to Mr. Cottrell’s residence in reference to the report of a possible school threat. Based on their investigation, it was determined that Mr. Cottrell’s weapons did not need to be seized.”
His son is clearly upset by the situation, stating he did not do anything wrong, and that the situation is being blown up into something it was not.
Mr. Cottrell also stated that, “He didn’t do anything wrong, and he doesn’t understand why it happened — he was just having a conversation with nothing as far as threats,” Cottrell said. “It shouldn’t have blown up the way it did. But he understands it happened, there are consequences and there’s fallout from his actions.”