Iraq war veteran Leonard Cottrell Jr. says that last month New Jersey police tried to confiscate his firearms without a warrant — and he did not let them take them.
Two police officers visited his home “because his 13-year-old son had made a comment at school about the Millstone Middle School’s security, and the officers wanted to confiscate Cottrell’s firearms as part of an investigation,” NJ.com reported.
Cottrell, who legally owns a shotgun and a handgun, is a disabled U.S. Army veteran who served multiple tours during “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
Cottrell says that his wife let the officers into their home and let them search their sons’ room where they did not find any weapons but then the officers tried to take his firearms, which “he has all the correct permits to own.”
“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” Cottrell said, according to NJ.com.
The police’s attempt to confiscate Cottrell’s firearms comes after Democrat Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a bill that makes it easy for law enforcement to confiscate firearms without due process.
Cottrell said that his son is upset by the situation and that he did not do anything wrong and the entire situation is being misconstrued and blown up.
“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.”