Gun owners: Take notice. A Washington D.C. man faces possible jail time and a hefty fine for keeping a souvenir shotgun shell from a hunting trip.
A financial advisor with no criminal record, Mark Witaschek is an avid hunter, who keeps his firearms at his sister's house in Virginia due to the Second Amendment-infringing gun laws of our nation's capital.
According to the Washington Times, police raided his home in 2012, basing their search on a charge made by his estranged wife, who had earlier convinced a court clerk to issue a temporary restraining order against her husband for threatening her with a gun, although a judge later found the charge to be without merit.
On February 11, Witaschek appeared on "Fox & Friends" to discuss being the first man to ever be prosecuted for illegal ammunition possession. He said the top-to-bottom search of his home took about two hours and no firearms were found. What the police did find was the single inert shotgun shell and a box of muzzle-loader ammunition.
"They put me and my then-girlfriend in handcuffs. They put all of the children in a separate room. … They wouldn't let us talk to them while they proceeded to essentially ransack my house," he explained on Fox News.
After the raid, he was placed under arrest for the ammunition.
"Since the night my home was invaded and family terrorized by a militarized D.C. police force, I am more afraid of what government is doing than I am of any of the people I encountered when I spent the night in jail," Witaschek told The Washington Times. "The Second Amendment was meant to guarantee individuals the right to protect themselves against government — as much as against private bad guys and gangs."
His trial is set to begin Nov. 4.
According to the Washington Times, Washington, D.C. law requires residents to register every firearm with the police, and only registered gun owners can possess ammunition, which includes spent shells and casings. The maximum penalty for violating these laws is a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.
This is just another example of the government infringing on American's 2nd Amendment rights. As reported previously, California is trying to pass similar laws by forcing law abiding gun owners to undergo background checks and purchase permits to acquire ammunition.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.