Police seize WWII vet’s M1 carbine from his grandson, calling it ‘contraband’

M1 Carbine Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

A New Jersey man who inherited the iconic WW II, M1 Carbine from his grandfather, has been told by the courts he cannot keep it.

Under New Jersey law, the M1 carbine is considered an illegal assault firearm. But the rifle is also considered one of the most recognizable U.S. military weapons of World War II and the Korean conflict.

Burt’s grandfather, who served in World War II, gave him the rifle in 2006. Burt told the court it had considerable sentimental value to him and he didn’t even know if it was in working condition, as he had never shot it.

Despite Burt’s appeal, the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division ruled that the assault rifle could not be lawfully returned to him.

His firearm collection was originally impounded by the New Jersey State Police in April 2013, in conjunction with a temporary protective order, according to NJ.com.

The restraining order against him was dropped a month later and Burt moved to get his 21 guns back. But prosecutors moved to keep his “entire collection” over the M1 and revoke his firearms identification card. They argued that possession of the .30 caliber carbine was a second-degree felony in New Jersey which barred him from firearms ownership under the state’s gun laws.

Although Burt has no prior criminal history, the court noted, “the gun in question is an illegal weapon…giving the court “no alternative” but to grant the prosecutor’s request to forfeit Burt’s guns to the state over the M1.”


  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

Post navigation