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  • From: Nimer Jaber <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blind_html <blind_html@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 22:06:34 -0600

I say shoot the motherfuckers with that gun, and then shove thatgun up
their asses!!

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From: Travis <baconlard@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2009 17:55:30 -0500
Subject: Replica rifle has Brooklyn man at odds with cops
To: baconlard@xxxxxxxxx

Bloomberg acting (as Obama would say) stupidly.

Why should Littlejohn apply for a permit for an antique rifle (exempt from
permits) at
The NYPD HANDGUN license division?


  Up in arms over gun: Replica rifle has Brooklyn man at odds with cops

BY Joseph Goldstein <>

Wednesday, July 29th 2009, 4:00 AM

Zalcman for News

Michael Littlejohn holds the custom-made rifle in question.

Like America's first soldiers at the Battle of Brooklyn, Michael
Littlejohn is fighting for his right to bear arms.

The Revolutionary War buff charges the Bloomberg administration with
tyranny for trying to seize his handmade flintlock rifle - a dead ringer
for the weapon once used against the redcoats.

"This is the last legal gun that you can have without registration in
New York," Littlejohn said. "And yet Mayor Bloomberg is driven crazy by
my flintlock gun - the one that won the American Revolution."

Littlejohn fired the first shot when he hired a Tennessee blacksmith to
recreate the vintage rifle. It arrived at his Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn,
apartment in June - followed quickly by city cops.

Police claim it's illegal for Littlejohn to keep the flintlock without a
gun license.

Littlejohn, 50, cites the earliest American patriots as his inspiration
while refusing to surrender his firearm or apply for a license.
The social worker is also clinging to a little-known exemption in the
city's strict gun laws.
The loophole allows license-free ownership of "antique firearms" -
defined as rifles that require the bullet and gunpowder to be loaded
Littlejohn's rifle appears to fit the bill.
Loading the weapon, he explains, is a multistep process that takes
several pokes with a ramrod and up to a minute to complete.
To fire, the rifle relies on a sharpened piece of flint that produces a
spark when the trigger is pulled. That point is moot, Littlejohn says:
He doesn't own gunpowder or bullets.
That's not enough to make the NYPD retreat.
The cops visited Littlejohn's apartment and sat down this month with the
Tennessee blacksmith who forged the rifle.
The lead detective on the case told Littlejohn's lawyer that he had
orders "from higher-ups" to pursue the case, according to an e-mail the
lawyer sent to Littlejohn.
Littlejohn's interest in the Revolutionary War dates to his childhood.
He grew up playing tag outside the upstate Newburgh house used in
1782-83 as Gen. George Washington's headquarters.
As an adult, he joined in Colonial American reenactments in Virginia and
The NYPD learned about Littlejohn's $825 rifle when he left a receipt
inside a Staples copy center, prompting a call to the cops.
Cops aren't threatening to arrest Littlejohn - yet. Lawyer Joyce David,
who represented Littlejohn until it became too expensive, says her
ex-client could wind up with a summons.
A police source says the war could end peacefully if Littlejohn applied
for a permit with the NYPD handgun license division.
Littlejohn would rather fight. The Brooklynite says he's willing to sue
for his rifle rights.

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