Just another reason to hate New Jersey

Another good gun owner suffers the tyranny of Joisey!

According to ConcealedNation.org, a North Carolina man who rushed to New Jersey to help with disaster relief now faces felony charges for taking common-sense steps to protect his team of tower climbers.

When Brian Fletcher mobilized his men to head up to New Jersey, he did what any law abiding gun owner in North Carolina would do when heading into unknown territory – bring his legally obtained pistol.  The mission? Disaster relief for Trenton, New Jersey.  According to Fletcher, him and his entire team had less than an hour to get their equipment together and proceed north.  And in almost all the states in the Southeast, he would have been perfectly fine bringing his firearm with him.

On the night of June 28, Brian was waiting in a parking lot with his men and trucks to await further word on the next tower.  A New Jersey police officer pulled up behind his truck and inquired as to what he was doing.  According to Fletcher, they discussed the disaster relief work and so forth.  It was then Fletcher handed over his ID and did what any law abiding citizen of North Carolina would do (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-415.12A.) – inform the officer that he had a firearm in his vehicle.

And that is where it quickly spirals downhill.

The State of New Jersey does not recognize any state’s right to carry firearms – in the vehicle or otherwise.  In fact, it’s a class 2 felony.  Fletcher went from disaster relief to having his entire life and livelihood in jeopardy in a matter of seconds.  He was arrested and charged with carrying a firearm.  He is currently back in North Carolina following a $25,000 bond.

Yes, folks. Brian Fletcher and his team went to the Armpit of the East Coast at their request, and is now facing felony charges for running afoul of New Jersey’s gun laws while attempting to abide by the laws and customs that he knew regarding lawful concealed carry.

I wonder if Christie will simply pardon him? Given that Christie is running for president, it would help him with his gun rights cred.

Here is some useful info

The most important thing you can do is let politicians know that this is an important issue for you, and that you will be watching this case and holding them accountable.

Email Governor Christie directly via the governor’s web site, and politely ask him to intervene on behalf of Governor Christie.  Concealed Nation’s article on the subject offers an example letter you can copy and feel free to modify. They also have the contact information for relevant North Carolina and New Jersey elected officials who have influence in the outcome of Mr. Fletcher’s case.

Instances like these are emotionally draining, especially when they feel that they’ve been betrayed by a government they were asked to help.

Please go sign this petition, and leave a supportive comment for Mr. Fletcher and his family.

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