A Connecticut court has thrown out the conviction of Jason DeCiccio, a former Army Medic who was due to serve 15 months in prison for the possession of “illegal” knives and a police baton. The problem arose when Mr. DeCiccio was involved in a traffic accident while moving from Connecticut to Massachusetts to take a job working for the V.A.
In the course of investigating the accident, police discovered DeCiccio’s collection of swords and knives, which were legal for one to possess in their home, but not in public. A State jury found DeCiccio guilty of two counts of illegal weapons possession, but a unanimous ruling from the CT Supreme Court overturned this verdict. According to the court, the CT statute prohibiting possession in a vehicle was a violation of the second amendment because it prevented the legal transport of the items between legal residences.
According to his lawyer, the decision came too late to save DeCiccio’s job. He lost it as a result of the legal case.
“The Supreme Court said in its decision that the swords, knives and other weapons found in DeCiccio’s vehicle were mementos from his military service overseas in Afghanistan, Germany and Kosovo. DeCiccio testified at his trial that he volunteered to serve in Kosovo and suffered a traumatic brain injury there when a mine exploded under his Humvee.”
But the money shot comes from Justice Richard Palmer, who wrote:
“The safe transportation of weapons protected by the Second Amendment is an essential corollary of the right to possess them in the home for self-defense when such transportation is necessary to effectuate that right,”.
Logic is not the anti’s strong suite. Thankfully, the CT Supreme Court (which upheld the post-Newtown gun nonsense) had an outbreak of common sense. Hopefully, Mr. DeCiccio wins his illegal arrest and imprisonment lawsuit. States need to be punished for infringing on the right’s of their citizens.