The Second Amendment clearly does not exist within the confines of the State of New Jersey. However, it seems that the Garden State is not only divorced from enlightenment principles, it is completely bereft of any common sense.
A comedian who earned a supporting role in an independent film was arrested for weapons charges after police responded to the scene where the actor, Carlo Bellario, was playing the role of a bodyguard for a drug dealer.
The scene appeared so real, in fact, that neighbors called the police when they eyed the suspicious-looking scene and when police arrived, they found that Bellario was in possession of a realistic-looking airsoft gun that shoots little plastic BBs.
Bellario is a comedian who took the role for free so as to get an entrance into the film industry and an entry into the Internet Movie Database.
Neighbors called police about the tough guy with a (fake) gun. When police arrived, instead of laughing-off the misunderstanding, they arrested Bellario for weapons possession under New Jersey’s draconian anti-Second Amendment laws and the actor was held for four days in lockup and finally released on a $10,000 bail.
It was not until police arrived that Bellario discovered that the producers did not have a permit for filming. Instead of operating with a modicum of common sense, police insisted that they needed to arrest Bellario who was in possession of a toy gun that shoots plastic BBs.
New Jersey law declares that any gun which fires a projectile is a firearm- even if it’s harmless plastic.
“Who thinks they are going to go to a set to film a scene and wind up spending the night in jail?” Bellario stated. “It’s so senseless. I’m still waiting for Ashton Kutcher to jump out and tell me that I’ve been punk’d.”
Bellario claims that the producers never followed through on their promise to pay his bail and the actor is struggling to come up with the funds for proper representation to fight the incredibly-infuriating charge.
Worse yet, until this matter is settled, Bellario cannot leave the state for comedy gigs which is his likelihood. Further, if convicted, he will be a felon and disallowed from retaining his civil rights.
This incident underscores an important point: whether one is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment or a fierce opponent of it, can we all agree that this anti-firearms hysteria has simply gone too far?
Children cannot make their fingers into a makeshift gun, kids are being suspended from school for wearing tee shirts that have a gun on them and this poor guy was hauled-off to the clink to satisfy the requirements of an absurd law that never should have been on the books in the first place.
This is hardly an isolated incident; New Jersey remains wholly dedicated to stripping its citizens of the right to bear arms and the maniacal obsession of authorities to do so has created an environment where maintaining law and order or ensuring justice is a distant consideration when compared to the need to make examples in order to advance an anti-Second Amendment agenda.
Governor Chris Christie has worked very hard to showcase his supposed support for the Second Amendment. If that is true, he will promptly pardon this man and apologize on behalf of his state for the inconvenience.