Sunday, October 20, 2013

Innocent man fights to get son back after having life destroyed by New Jersey gun control laws

Brian Aitken (Source: Brian Aitken in a happier time.  (Source:
NEW JERSEY — A man who hurt nobody, and technically broke no laws, was turned into a convicted felon and has had his life ruined thanks to New Jersey’s tyrannical gun control laws.  Almost five years later, and still fighting to clear his name, Brian Aitken makes a desperate attempt to get his son returned to him, whom he hasn’t seen in years.  And he needs our help.
Originally from New Jersey, Aitken, age 24 at the time, had moved to Colorado for several years, but in 2008 had decided to move back to New Jersey to be closer to his ex-wife and his 2-year-old son, as well as his parents.  Aitken began a back-and-forth process of moving his belongings, making several road-trips across the country, and temporarily dropping off his belongings with his parents in Burlington County.
He was “just a regular guy” back then, says Aitken.  “I had student loans, I had a Honda Civic… I didn’t really have much to my name.”
December 2008 was his final road-trip.  He transported the last of his belongings to his parents’ house, which included 3 firearms he had purchased in Colorado.  Being a law-abiding citizen, Aitken followed New Jersey’s restrictive requirement of locking his pistols in the trunk of his car as he transported them.  Aitken even went as far as to research and print out the applicable state and federal laws that applied to his trip to be sure he didn’t break any of them, according to his friend Michael Torries’ in later testimony.  Aitken even called NJ police prior to the trip to be sure he didn’t miss anything.  That’s how terrifying the state of New Jersey is for lawful gun owners.
Aitken’s first priority in New Jersey was to visit his baby son, but that was not going smoothly as his ex-wife was denying him access.  On January 2, 2009, Aitken’s mother, Sue Aitken, grew worried about him after he told her that he “didn’t see the point in being here if he couldn’t see [his] son.”  It was a vague comment from a defeated father.  Aitken packed up his things for another move to Hoboken where he had found a place to stay.  Thinking she would do the responsible thing, Aitken’s mother called police for advice while he driving.  She dialed 9-1-1, and before anyone answered, she hung up, having thought better of it.  The police responded anyway.  When they arrived, police made her tell them the reason she had called them.  Police had her request that Brian turn his car around and return to his parents’ house… so police could “help” him feel better.


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