No doubt we were all shaking our heads when Gordon Van Gilder, a 72 year old retired teacher was arrested and charged for having an antique flintlock pistol in his glovebox. On Wednesday, a New Jersey prosecutor dropped the Felony gun charge according to the Attorney representing him. “I’m very appreciative that they excercised their discretion here and did the right thing”. Evan Nappen, the Attorney representing Gordon Van Gilder told the told The Daily Journal.
Van Gilder was facing 10 years in prison and loss of his state pension if convicted. Fortunately the Cumberland County Prosecutor said that the state would excercise “Prosecutorial Discretion” in this matter. However, they went on to warn other firearm owners of the laws pertaining to firearm posession.
“This is a Queen Anne flintlock, which is a very pretty gun,” Nappen said. “The barrel looks like a cannon and it has a single shot – you have to actually untwist the barrel to load it – it’s pretty involved to even attempt to load it. But the craftsmanship is from the 1760s, and it’s just magnificent to think that every piece of it was handmade.”
The flintlock is in the county’s custody and Van Gilder plans to retrieve the gun.
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