November 4th is judgment day for Mark Witaschek who faces two years in the pokey for having a shotgun shell and a spent rifle round in his home.
Impossible? The successful businessman lives in Washington D.C. where possession of ammo, which includes spent shells, is illegal for anyone who is not a registered gun owner.
The problems for Mr. Witaschek began back in 2012 when his ex-wife filed for a restraining order. She convinced a court clerk to issue a temporary restraining order because she said he threatened her with a gun. A judge later ruled that the claim was without merit.
Based on accusations made by Witaschek’s ex-wife, a gun recovery unit visited his house. Feeling he had nothing to hide, he allowed them to search his house.
They found and confiscated a Civil War-era Colt revolver even though it is an antique and completely legal to own without registration. The cops also took a box of .40 caliber ammunition, but did not charge him at the time.
One month later on June 7th a 30-man SWAT team showed up at Witaschek’s house with a search warrant. They pointed guns at him and his girlfriend, forced them to the floor and cuffed them.
Witaschek’s teenage son was in the shower at the time of the raid. The cops used a battering ram to take down the bathroom door and pull the son out completely naked. All four of Witaschek’s children were herded into a room crying.