Nathan Haddad is a highly decorated combat veteran who was medically discharged from the army after 12 years of dedicated service. Now however, Haddad stands accused of violating New York state penal Code – Section 265.02 – which prohibits the possession of “a large capacity ammunition feeding device”. He has been charged with five counts of third degree criminal possession of a weapon, for having 30 round AR-15 Magazines in his vehicle.
The magazines were empty.
Haddad now has to wage a legal battle to try and reduce the charges, or face years in prsion.
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.
This is not a criminal, this is not some thug looking to hurt people; this is a decorated combat veteran who was recently honored by the Philadelphia chapter of Blue Star Mothers and the Union League’s Armed Services Council for helping disabled vets get back on their feet.
Haddad’s brother has set up a legal defense fund, and says:
My brother, Nathan Haddad, is not only a decorated combat veteran, but models the character qualities that make him the kind of man who goes out of his way to help his fellow man and other veterans. He would not knowingly do anything against the law, compromise his faith and deeply rooted principles, or jeopardize his rights guaranteed by our Constitution.
My brother was medically discharged after 12 years of service and does not have the funds necessary needed for Attorney fees, and unless he has adequate defense and gets his charges reduced, he is not going to get the same treatment that David Gregory, a rich, white, liberal, media mogul got. This is a travesty!
Duane Lester of Liberty News adds: “Good thing we got this guy off the streets, huh? Otherwise, there might be some more disabled veterans all providing for themselves and stuff. Sickening.”