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2 from Longport face gun charges
shorenewstoday ^ | 9 Feb 2011 | Staff Reports

Posted on 02/11/2011 1:43:01 PM PST by smokingfrog

LONGPORT NJ – Two residents are facing weapons charges related to the unlawful possession of a military-style Colt AR-15 assault rifle, according to police.

The two were arrested Saturday, Feb. 5 after a month-long investigation.

Walter H. Westcoat, 84, of South 33rd Avenue, was arrested and charged with two counts of unlawful possession of an assault weapon. Westcoat was also charged with unlawful possession of large-capacity magazines.

Arrested at the same time was Mary J. Landry, 54, who resides at the same residence. Landry was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of an unlicensed shotgun. According to Lt. William Hewitt, Landry did have a gun lock on the shotgun.

The arrests culminated an investigation by Ptl. Pierce Shaud and Sgt. Charles Adams and under the direction of Hewitt, who explained Monday that the Colt AR-15 was a legal weapon prior to the ban on assault weapons in New Jersey enacted in 1990.

“Once they were banned, anyone who owned one had one year to make that gun inoperable or it would be considered illegal. It is also illegal to have in your possession large-capacity magazines that hold more than 30 rounds of ammunition,” Hewitt said.

Westcoat and Landry were released on their own recognizance with instructions from Judge John Rosenberger to have no contact with one another.

Hewitt said Westcoat's weapons charges are second-degree offenses and Landry's is a third-degree offense.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: assaultweapon; banglist; govtabuse; guncontrol; highcapmags; liberalfascism; nazistate; policestate; rapeofliberty; shallnotbeinfringed; tyranny
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1 posted on 02/11/2011 1:43:07 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

This has “Nanny State” written all over it.

Here in Idaho, none of those things are an issue.


2 posted on 02/11/2011 1:44:56 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: smokingfrog

A shotgun license?


3 posted on 02/11/2011 1:46:06 PM PST by blackdog
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To: Disambiguator

Another reason not to move to Jersey... BTW youse people from Jersey.. Stop moving to Florida ... We like it the way it is here, we don’t want it to become another New Jersey, New York, or Massachusetts


4 posted on 02/11/2011 1:47:50 PM PST by Waverunner (I'd like to welcome our new overlords, say hello to my little friend)
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To: blackdog

Yeah, I was wondering about that. Does everything in NJ have to be licensed or something? Even in the UK, they’re still pretty lax on shotgun ownership.


5 posted on 02/11/2011 1:48:54 PM PST by smokingfrog ( BORN free - taxed to DEATH (and beyond) ...)
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To: blackdog

WTG, get that 84yo guy off the streets. Probably was planning a major crime wave. PLEASE put me on that jury.


6 posted on 02/11/2011 1:50:22 PM PST by Mouton
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To: smokingfrog
Arrested at the same time was Mary J. Landry, 54, who resides at the same residence.

Westcoat and Landry were released on their own recognizance with instructions from Judge John Rosenberger to have no contact with one another.

Isn't it special that the judge can split up a household, that may have more years in it than most people, wanna bet what he would have done if they were homosexuals.

7 posted on 02/11/2011 1:52:53 PM PST by runninglips (government debt = slavery of the masses)
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To: Mouton

Probably goint to do a driveby on his Lark and then dial up his homies on his Jitterbug.


8 posted on 02/11/2011 1:53:44 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: smokingfrog
Governor Christie, please pardon this patriot.
9 posted on 02/11/2011 1:56:58 PM PST by RC one
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To: smokingfrog
Does everything in NJ have to be licensed or something?

Permit to purchase is required for any firearm.

10 posted on 02/11/2011 2:02:34 PM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

LOL!


11 posted on 02/11/2011 2:08:39 PM PST by smokingfrog ( BORN free - taxed to DEATH (and beyond) ...)
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To: Waverunner
Happiness is a north bound Yankee.
12 posted on 02/11/2011 2:10:52 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: smokingfrog
In NJ, a permit is required to purchase a handgun. The NJ FID card is enough to purchase as many (NJ legal) long guns as you want.

I'm not sure what an "unlicensed shotgun" is.

13 posted on 02/11/2011 2:11:58 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: smokingfrog
Walter H. Westcoat, 84, of South 33rd Avenue, was arrested and charged with two counts of unlawful possession of an assault weapon. Westcoat was also charged with unlawful possession of large-capacity magazines. Arrested at the same time was Mary J. Landry, 54, who resides at the same residence. Landry was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of an unlicensed shotgun.

Oh... the HORROR of it all!!!

This is a TRAVESTY that someone, ANY law-abiding citizen could be charged with a crime in one part of the U.S., that, in MOST other parts of America is PERFECTLY LEGAL.

ESPECIALLY when those laws are UNCONSTITUTIONAL and INFRINGING on citizens God-Given RIGHT to keep and bear arms.

The disgusting, gun-grabbing, freedom-robbing, authoritarian Pieces-of-SH*T (RINOs like Christie and left-wing democRATS like Lautenburg) that put forth these decidedly UN-AMERICAN laws need to be tried for treason and strung up in the town square.

14 posted on 02/11/2011 2:25:48 PM PST by DocH (Official Right-Wing Extremist Veteran Seal Of Approval)
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To: smokingfrog

Say What? NJ has worse gun laws than Cali ?
I’m now more proud to touch my AR than before...


15 posted on 02/11/2011 2:28:33 PM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: RC one
Governor Christie, please pardon this patriot.

Don't count on that anti-gun puke to help, ESPECIALLY when he has campaigned for and supported the so-called "assault" weapons ban.

16 posted on 02/11/2011 2:30:45 PM PST by DocH (Official Right-Wing Extremist Veteran Seal Of Approval)
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To: Sooth2222

I wonder how the cops knew he had the AR? Maybe he was trying to sell it or something?


17 posted on 02/11/2011 2:31:12 PM PST by smokingfrog ( BORN free - taxed to DEATH (and beyond) ...)
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To: ├čudda├čudd

Touch it all you want, just as long as it is CA legal, whatever THAT is.


18 posted on 02/11/2011 2:32:53 PM PST by DocH (Official Right-Wing Extremist Veteran Seal Of Approval)
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To: Mouton
PLEASE put me on that jury.

Do you know what the proper definition of an "assault rifle" is? Then you're off the jury. Only the ignorant will be allowed.

19 posted on 02/11/2011 2:33:44 PM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: smokingfrog

I must have missed that part of the 2A that listed what kinds of guns we can own............


20 posted on 02/11/2011 2:38:40 PM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: DocH

RINO, it figures.


21 posted on 02/11/2011 2:40:19 PM PST by RC one
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To: Disambiguator

Yes, it’s a happy day when I show up at the Fernan Valley R&G club and find not one, not two, but three Browning 191A4s on the line - two in .308 and one in traditional 3006.

Yes, happiness is a belt fed weapon.


22 posted on 02/11/2011 2:45:34 PM PST by Noumenon ("We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.")
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To: JimRed

Geez.....Now they’ve extended it to any firearm?!! Last I looked you just needed a permit to purchase a handgun, breathe Oxygen, drive a car, etc.


23 posted on 02/11/2011 2:46:10 PM PST by Postman
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To: Sooth2222

It’s a gun that’s not old enough to drive or purchase cigarettes.
I think.


24 posted on 02/11/2011 2:46:10 PM PST by donhunt (I am sick and tired of those bastards lying to me.)
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To: smokingfrog

So NJ only forbids mags of *over* 30 rd capacity?

Either I misunderstood the law or the article is in error.


25 posted on 02/11/2011 2:48:23 PM PST by rahbert
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To: JimRed

Yes, just about everything there requires a permit. Including what clothes you can wear, which day of the week. Practically.


26 posted on 02/11/2011 2:54:07 PM PST by Svartalfiar
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To: rahbert

Hell, I wish I could a find a 30+ mag for my Marlin model 795 .22LR. Make reloading the thing a little easier.


27 posted on 02/11/2011 2:54:10 PM PST by RandallFlagg (Let this chant follow BHO everywhere he goes: "You lie. You lie. You lie.")
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To: smokingfrog
Has N. J. ever heard of the ex post facto constitutional restriction?
28 posted on 02/11/2011 3:58:55 PM PST by scott7278 (secon "...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have likBHO" BHO)
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To: JimRed

and bb guns too i believe


29 posted on 02/11/2011 3:59:10 PM PST by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives)
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To: aumrl
Yep. You need the same license to buy a frickin' airsoft gun or a red ryder as you do to puchase a firearm.

NJ is a crazy, crazy, crazy place.

30 posted on 02/11/2011 4:04:19 PM PST by Celtic Cross (Looking to escape to Idaho--Will work for keep.)
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To: smokingfrog
WTF is an “unregistered shotgun”?

They live together and the judge rules they can't have any contact with each other?

They are prosecuting an 84 year old for a gun he legally purchased?

W T F !!!!

How long must American citizens live under this kind of tyranny?

31 posted on 02/11/2011 4:16:27 PM PST by 2111USMC
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To: blackdog

They might mean an FID card . It is needed to transport a long gun if you are a resident of Zoo Jersey but I am unaware that it is needed to have a long gun in your abode.
There are no licences involved . You do need a permit to purchase a handgun but just the FID card to buy a long gun . Something is amiss in this whole matter .
You can STILL buy an AR15 in New Jersey if it is missing a flash supresser,bayonet lug, and foldin stock. Hand grips are a no no also . I actually moved to Pennsylvania and changed residency from the People’s Republic of New Jersey mainly because of the detrimental treatment of law abiding citizens when it comes to owning firearms.


32 posted on 02/11/2011 4:23:05 PM PST by Renegade
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To: JimRed

PERMIT to purchase ONLY for handgun . FID card for shotgun.


33 posted on 02/11/2011 4:24:59 PM PST by Renegade
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To: rahbert

Over 15


34 posted on 02/11/2011 4:26:51 PM PST by Renegade
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To: RandallFlagg

If someone would make one, I bet they would sell a lot of them.


35 posted on 02/11/2011 6:04:06 PM PST by smokingfrog ( BORN free - taxed to DEATH (and beyond) ...)
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To: ├čudda├čudd
"Say What? NJ has worse gun laws than Cali ?"

Now that's an arguable prize! We're not forced to buy ARs with monster man grips or bullet buttons! In a nutshell, they can't be called AR-15s, or have a bayonet lug, folding stock or a flash hider. Magazine capacity is limited to 15 rounds. It's pretty much the same sort of nonsense as in any of the "big blue" states, except for the "unique" 15 round magazine limit.

(I think current "compliant" ARs look a helluva lot more evil than the original "scary" and banned Colt AR-15s! Is that just me?)

36 posted on 02/11/2011 6:23:37 PM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Sooth2222

Yes.
The bullet button and the MM grip are pretty simple to remove from what I hear (admitting nothing here).
The 15 round mag does sound unique. . .


37 posted on 02/12/2011 7:32:43 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: Renegade
PERMIT to purchase ONLY for handgun . FID card for shotgun.

Just looked it up- you're right. Not much difference though, either way they know where to look when confiscation starts!

38 posted on 02/12/2011 9:30:02 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

You mean they know where to die when confiscation starts !


39 posted on 02/12/2011 11:29:18 AM PST by Renegade
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To: Renegade

The beat goes on!

!Another Anti-Gun Bill Introduced in Trenton Assembly Bill 3807, sponsored by Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald (D-6) and Assemblyman Annette Quijano (D-20), has been introduced in the New Jersey Assembly. If passed, A3807 would reduce the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds from 15. This legislation is an example of yet another attempt to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens, while doing nothing to actually combat crime. As of now, the language for the bill has not been released and a hearing has not been scheduled, but the NRA will continue to update you on the status of the legislation as it progresses through the New Jersey General Assembly. So, please continue to check your e-mail and www.NRAILA.org for updates.


40 posted on 02/14/2011 3:51:00 PM PST by Renegade
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