Following NJ Law Got Matthew Moran Arrested..and Smeared by the Prosecution for Doing It

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Matthew Moran is, or possibly was, a Fire Chief in Carlstadt, New Jersey. When he thought he was ordering two orders of “fuel filters” off of Instagram, one arrived to his residence that looked more like a silencer. He stated that he went to NAPA auto parts to double check his thoughts and they told him that other people had fallen for the fake Instagram ad and that he should get rid of it.  He cancelled the second order, notified the Post Office, PayPal, and the vendor. Then he took the item to the police department and voluntarily surrendered it.  Ten days later, when it happened again in spite of the order cancellation, Moran was arrested by Federal agents as he tried to bring the items once again to the Carlstadt Police. Now he’s charged with  “international  trafficking in arms.”

Moran’s attorney, Evan Nappen, wrote in Ammoland,

“Moran ordered “fuel filters” from an advertisement on Instagram. When the package arrived from China, it had two items that looked more like silencers to him than fuel filters.

Moran went to a friend at NAPA Auto Parts who explained to him that these items were not actually fuel filters, that he knew others who had mistakenly ordered them, and that he should get rid of them.

The next day, Moran voluntarily surrendered those “fuel filters” to the Carlstadt Police Department.

New Jersey law,NJS 2C:39-12, specifically encourages the voluntary surrender of silencers and other regulated items to the police and grants immunity for such voluntary surrender.

While voluntarily surrendering these items, Moran told the Carlstadt detective that he had made two purchases of which he received only one and that he was canceling the second order.

Moran notified the China-based Instagram vendor, PayPal, and his bank to cancel the second order and payment. He also alerted the US Post Office that he refuses delivery of any package from this seller.”

Evan Nappen is the same 2A attorney that won a case for Calvin Carlstrom earlier in 2020.

“In other words, in response to Moran’s initiating contact with law enforcement, voluntarily surrendering a package of questionable ‘fuel filters’ that he received, informing the authorities about a second potential package, and doing everything that he could to stop its delivery – Government surveilled him, followed him, and set up a trap to arrest him.” Evan Nappen

The local Prosecutor, Mark Musella, couldn’t wait to smear Moran as an “international  arms smuggler” and immediately issued a press release that read in part:

“During an international arms-trafficking investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Squad and Homeland Security Investigations – Newark Field Office, MATTHEW MORAN was identified as a person of interest in receiving shipments of suppressors, also called silencers, meant to reduce the sound and muzzle flash generated from a gunshot. These illegal silencers were purchased by MORAN from a company based in China and smuggled though the mail to his residence in Carlstadt, NJ.

On Thursday, October 15, 2020, detectives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and Homeland Security executed a search warrant of his residence after MORAN took possession of the delivery. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of numerous firearms, high capacity magazines, thousands of rounds of ammunition and police issued ballistic vests.

On October 15, 2020, MATTHEW MORAN was arrested and charged with four counts of Prohibited Weapons and Devices, specifically Silencers, in violation of N.J.S.A.2C:39-3(C), a 4th degree crime. MORAN was released on his own recognizance, pending his first appearance in Bergen County Central Judicial Processing Court.”

According to Nappen, the ammunition in Moran’s home is routinely sold in large quantities, and neither his firearms, ammo nor his vest are illegal in New Jersey. The prosecutor’s statement does not mention Moran’s cooperation, nor does it talk about his efforts to stop the shipments.

Here is a video of the kind of “fuel filter” mentioned. Hint: it’s a silencer.

Featured photo: screenshot via YouTube

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