In an incredibly unconstitutional and downright unlawful action by a New Jersey court, a man who had possession of his grandfather’s World War II M1 Carbine rifle because it is considered an illegal assault weapon.
The New Jersey State Police seized Danny Burt’s M1 carbine and 20 other firearms in April 2013 after a temporary restraining order was lodged against him.
Burt lost his 21 firearms and firearm purchaser’s identification card, per the Domestic Violence Forfeiture Statute.
The M1 carbine could not be returned to him because it falls under the definition of an assault firearm, which is illegal to possess according to New Jersey law.
Burt claimed to have been in possession of the rifle since 2006, according to court documents, and that it contained sentimental value. He even said he had not even shot the rifle.
This is a piece not only of American history, but of family history for Burt.
The prosecution claimed that the “weapon is contraband” and “can never be returned” to Mr. Burt.
But that wasn’t all. These prosecutors sought to confiscate Burt’s entire gun collection of 21 firearms, plus his FID, declare him a second-degree felon and bar him from owning any guns in New Jersey.