New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie commutes sentence of man sent to jail for owning guns legally.

A man given seven years in prison after being found…

A man given seven years in prison after being found with two guns he purchased legally in Colorado has had his sentence commuted, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday.

The case of Brian Aitken, 27, had become a cause célèbre among gun-rights advocates. On Jan. 2, 2009, Aitken, an entrepreneur and media consultant with no prior criminal record, muttered to his mother that life wasn’t worth living after a planned visit with son was abruptly canceled at the last minute. Aitken then left his mother’s home in Mount Laurel as she called police, who later found two locked and unloaded handguns in the trunk of his car.

Aitken had purchased the guns legally in Colorado, and he passed an FBI background check when he bought them, according to his father, Larry Aitken. Brian also contacted New Jersey State Police before moving back back to the Garden State to discuss how to properly transport his weapons. But despite those good-faith efforts, Larry Aitken said, Brian was convicted on weapons charges and sent to prison in August.

Judge James Morley would not allow the argument in trial earlier this year and Christie later declined to reappoint the judge due to an unrelated case.

Source: Fox News

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  • JM-New Jersey

    i wonder when we can expect these asinine assault weapon restrictions repealed?

  • Kabel

    Our judicial system has become a joke, where Judges usurp the Constitution and ignore evidence while making decisions based purely on their own personal agenda and not any law or legal precedent.

    Even in this case, Governor Christie was only willing to commute the sentence of an innocent man instead of pardoning or wiping out the conviction all together. Where is the justice in this? This man will still be labeled a felon and will never be able to legally own another firearm, all because of one judge’s poor decision.

    Someone should be asking why this man was charged in the first place? There is more going on here.

  • AJ

    I’m a proud New Jerseyian, but arresting this man for legally owning defensive guns (which the cops found locked and unloaded) is so damn ridiculous! Righteous, upstanding, American citizens should have the right to own legal arms now more than ever in this country. What also scares me are how the cops are turning into thought police. This ain’t right. I doubt that arresting people for LEGALLY owned arms will ever stop the flow of illegally owned arms carried by the gangs here.

    New Jersey has a proud history of being the 3rd oldest in the Union and having the most battles fought in it during the Revolution. But this action is a stain on us. It’s cases like these where we should come to realization that maybe the rights of honest people are truly being threatened.

    I hope Chris Christie can turn all this Obamaist nonsense around. I voted for Chris and have faith in Gov. Christie.

  • John McAlpine

    I was thinking to myself just yesterday how wonderful it would be if Governor Christie (an avowed conservative and T-party favorite)would pardon Brian as his incarceration was a total miscarriage of justice. GOD BLESS YOU GOVERNOR CHRISTIE! Now PARDON him–don’t just commute his sentence!!!