Disabled Veteran Faces 30 Years For Magazines

UPDATE: He had been a ground surveillance systems operator when he severely injured his back and shoulder during Army Special Forces selection training at Fort Bragg, N.C., in 2005. He was re-classified as an interrogator and spent the last several years of active duty undergoing multiple surgeries.

Thanks to ODA551 for the heads-up.
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Do you remember when I mentioned that my friend asked me to pray for his friend who was arrested in New York for possession of 6ea, 30rd magazines? Well, I was able to dig up some background on the story. It turns out SSgt Haddad is still defending liberty.

First, here are some details of his arrest:

Nathan H. Haddad, 32, of ****** *********** Rd, town of LeRay, faces five felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was released without bail before town of Watertown Justice Andrew N. Capone, and is ordered to appear Wednesday in town of LeRay Court.

Deputies made the arrest shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Steinhilber Road in the town of LeRay, where Mr. Haddad is accused of possessing five 30-round AR-15 magazines of ammunition. He is cited under a state penal law statute that prohibits possession of “a large capacity ammunition feeding device.” The ammunition was found in his vehicle during a traffic stop, according to the sheriff’s office.

It turns out that SSgt Haddad, an Iraqi Freedom veteran, was injured during Special Forces training in Korea. The injury was severe enough that it ended his career and and forced him to PCS to Fort Drum, NY for medical eval boards. After he retired (medically), he got a job working for the Defense Dept. and continued living in New York.

New York prosecutors will pursue felony criminal charges against retired special forces soldier Nathan Haddad, who was arrested in LeRay, New York in January for allegedly possessing five 30-round AR-15 magazines, according to conservative law blog Legal Insurrection.

Prosecutors had reportedly offered Haddad a plea bargain that would spare him jail time if he admitted to five misdemeanors, according to Legal Insurrection. But Haddad’s attorney told the blog that Haddad, who currently works at the Department of Defense, will not accept the deal.

Haddad was deployed four times during his ten-year Army career, and was once injured during special forces training in South Korea. He was discharged in October 2010.

A website established to pay Haddad’s legal expenses has collected more than $35,000.

In January, “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory displayed a high-capacity magazine live on television, despite a warning from local police. But prosecutors in Washington, D.C. — where, unlike New York, the offense is merely a misdemeanor — declined to press charges.

It turns out that the magazines were 30 rd, pre-ban magazines, which have been illegal in NY since 1994. Once again, we have a state which regularly lets violent predators back out on the street, charging a disabled SF soldier – and threatening him with 30 years in prison – for nothing more than possessing 6 pieces of stamped metal that are legal right across the border, in Pennsylvania. He has refused to be bullied with their plea bargain and instead risk his life in prison to fight for the rights of all New Yorkers and by proxy & precedent, all Americans. We salute you SSgt Haddad. Thank you for your continued service to this nation.

He is being defended by the Second Amendment Foundation. All animals are equal. Pigs are just more equal.

Here is a facebook page supporting his fight.

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15 Responses to Disabled Veteran Faces 30 Years For Magazines

  1. desertrat says:

    Good post Nota. Nate, damn proud of you!

  2. oda551 says:

    Just to clarify.

    He is being hung out to dry and this is wrong.

    He was not in SF. He was injured during SFAS and was reclassed as an interrogator.

    http://www.drum.army.mil/mountaineer/Article.aspx?ID=6283

    • notamobster says:

      He’s getting a good defense and fighting the good fight! Good man.

      Thanks for the heads up ODA! I just went on the information in the article.

  3. Jim D says:

    If the mags were indeed pre ban the state has no case the judge will have to throw it out or the jury will! And even if they were post ban he did not have the gun with him, magazines are not weapons! Our government is stupid.

    • notamobster says:

      Pre-ban mags are illegal in NY. 30 rounders stayed illegal in New York. Hopefully, he can get some jury nullification going on.

      • Uke says:

        “I don’t dig the gub’mint, man. Don’t got a right to quash on any man, man. Not guilty!”

        Is this a kosher way to go into a trial, if you’re called to jury duty? I have no idea, really. I know about jury nullification, but… seems pretty far out there, you know?

  4. One Million Behind Nathan Haddad says:

    Nathan was scheduled to return to court on 27 March but the prosecutor’s office has requested a new meeting for THIS WEDNESDAY 27 February at 163 Arsenal Street in Watertown, New York. If you are in the Fort Drum/ Watertown, New York area and can be at the Jefferson County Courthouse at 0830 this Wednesday that would be much appreciated. Please forward this on to like-minded organizations such as the VFW, American Legion, gun clubs, Tea Party Groups, etc. that may be able to attend. https://www.facebook.com/OneMillionBehindStaffSgtNathanHaddad

    • notamobster says:

      Disgusting.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        Can you imagine? Something that is perfectly legal in most states, something you can do openly, in public and right in front of law enforcement all across this country, something that isn’t even discouraged in most of America, in New York is a crime worse than being repeat child molester. It is madness!

        • notamobster says:

          Mind-boggling. I support castration for child sex predators, so no, I can’t imagine that situation in New York. Why would anyone live there?

  5. RJ says:

    madness to say the least, I believe this is a test case for the oppressors, if they can get this guy convicted and a stiff sentence how many others will surrender their hardware without resistance under a brief amnesty period.
    Citizens in the state need to march with pitchforks and torches to the state house and demand resignations or forever be branded as chattel of the state.

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