While the prosecutors in D.C. decide whether to charge David Gregory, another example of how the laws against possession of high capacity ammunition magazines are applied to the little people is unfolding in upstate New York, as reported by The Watertown Daily Times, Injured veteran arrested in weapons investigation (h/t Tip Line):

A former Fort Drum soldier who was injured in special forces training was arrested Sunday night when he was found with prohibited rounds of ammunition, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department said.

Nathan H. Haddad, 32, of 25240 Waddingham Road, town of LeRay, faces five felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was released without bail before town of Watertown Justice Andrew N. Capone, and is ordered to appear Wednesday in town of LeRay Court.

Deputies made the arrest shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sunday on Steinhilber Road in the town of LeRay, where Mr. Haddad is accused of possessing five 30-round AR-15 magazines of ammunition. He is cited under a state penal law statute that prohibits possession of “a large capacity ammunition feeding device.” The ammunition was found in his vehicle during a traffic stop, according to the sheriff’s office.

Mr. Haddad was deployed four times during his decade in the Army, the Times reported in a story featuring him in September 2009. At that time, he was a staff sergeant with the 3rd Battalion, 85th Infantry, Warrior in Transition Unit at Fort Drum, undergoing aquatic physical therapy for an injury he suffered in South Korea during special forces training. He was discharged from the Army in October 2010, according to Fort Drum.

Staff Sgt. Haddad was previously featured in The Watertown Daily Times, Injured Soldiers Hit Pool:

Taking it easy isn’t easy for Staff Sgt. Nathan H. Haddad. Four times deployed during his decade in the Army, he’s spent his free time, too, pushing his body to the limits — hunting, rock-climbing and skydiving, among other physical activities.

“If it was sports or outdoors, I did it,” he said Wednesday afternoon, standing near the swimming pool at Fort Drum’s Pine Plains Fitness Center. Behind him, half a dozen of his comrades from the 3rd Battalion, 85th Infantry, Warrior in Transition Unit were being introduced to a new set of equipment: scuba gear.

Injured during special forces training in South Korea, Sgt. Haddad is still figuring out what he can and can’t ask his body to do. But even walking through the woods is tough, painful.

“It’s very, very frustrating,” he said. “Before, I was outdoors and doing stuff all the time.”

Physical therapy is helping him to heal, but pain is part of it, and it doesn’t exactly replace the kind of adventurous athletics he loves.


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