Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande said today she will introduce legislation exempting antique firearms from the state’s gun laws.
A retired Millville teacher is facing a 2nd degree felony charge for the possession of a handgun when police discovered his 1760s “Queen Anne” flintlock pistol during a traffic stop last November.
“There is a complete lack of common sense when a 72-year-old man is facing a decade in prison for possessing an unloaded, 300-year-old antique pistol,” said Casagrande. R-Monmouth. “Granting this exemption will put New Jersey in line with federal law that already exempts the possession of historic firearms manufactured prior to 1898. Hopefully, the Cumberland County prosecutor will acknowledge the ludicrous nature of charging a man with no prior history and simply dismiss this case.”