Several of you folks have sent us links to the story about former sergeant Nathan H. Haddad who was arrested in Jefferson County, NY, near Fort Drum for possession of five 30-round magazines. Reports are sketchy on the actual facts. The Watertown Times says that he was arrested “when he was found with prohibited rounds of ammunition” – but there are no “prohibited rounds” in New York State except exploding ammunition and it’s doubtful that he had any of those. More likely, he was arrested for possession of 30-round magazines as others are reporting. Like this one at Off-Grid;
On Sunday January 6th Staff Sgt. Nathan Haddad, a decorated combat veteran, was driving through Jefferson County New York when he was randomly pulled over for a vehicle check. Haddad, who had five 30 round empty magazines in his possession, was arrested by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and charged with five felony counts.
According to Haddad’s brother, Michael Haddad, Nathan thought these magazines were legally made before the New York Assault Weapons Ban. When Nathan Haddad was arrested the new ban had not even been fully enacted yet.
The problem with that analysis is that 30-round magazines have been illegal in New York State since September 14, 1994 under the last Governor Cuomo. The latest legislation which defines “large capacity ammunition feeding device” as having more than seven-round capacity and that legislation doesn’t take effect until next year, but 30-round magazines are currently illegal there regardless.
But, yes, it is bullshit. By all accounts, Nathan H. Haddad was a fine soldier and a model for other wounded soldiers to emulate, but as anyone who has ever lived in New York knows, you don’t give them an excuse to make an example of you – because they will certainly do that, no matter who you are.