Jewish Woman Has Guns Confiscated After Real Estate Scuffle

March 13, 2013 12:40 pm 3 comments

Guns. Photo: Joe Loong.

An Jewish woman was arrested and told to turn over her guns after reading the Constitution and peacefully protesting at a tax dispute forum, she told The Blaze.

Eileen Hart was with her husband Keith on Saturday at the Gloucester Community Center to dispute a mandatory home re-evaluation that would roughly double her property value, when things got out of hand.

Claiming to be an Orthodox Jew, she had initially refused to have inspectors in her home when her husband was away at work.  As an American citizen, she said she objected to the seemingly arbitrary reappraisal, noting that she is not planning on selling her home and hasn’t renovated her kitchen in 30 years.

But at the forum, Hart was allegedly told that since she didn’t let the inspectors into her home, the state has a right to “assume” its value.

“How could they assume that my value had doubled when there is absolutely no housing market?” she asked  The Blaze over the phone.  “There is basically no GDP growth.”

After Hart started citing the Constitution, a representative of Appraisal Systems, Inc.– the company contracted by the state to conduct appraisals–  started “freaking out,” she said, and called for New Jersey tax assessor Robyn Glocker-Hammond.

After a verbal scuffle Hart returned home to find a host of police cars waiting for her. Appraisal Systems, Inc. representative Andrew Colavecchio had apparently called 911 to say that Hart had threatened to return to the meeting with a gun.

But Hart told TheBlaze: “I did not use one curse word, I didn’t say the word gun, I didn’t swear, none of that.  I aired my grievances in a public place to [tell] the government that I did not agree with what they were doing to me or to anybody else.”

Hart was taken in for questioning where police charged her with making “terroristic threats.”

Hart said the police sergeant informed her that if she didn’t turn over her firearms for “safe keeping,” her bail would be set prohibitively high and she would have to remain in custody. She then turned over two firearms.

The county’s public information officer Deb Sellitto told The Blaze in an email, without any specifics, that Ms. Glocker-Hammond “has never experienced this type of extreme behavior from a taxpayer.”

The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Hart says she can’t help but recall the “massive gun registration [and] invasion of private property” that occurred when Hitler invaded Poland.

“If quoting the Constitution makes me a terrorist, we are in Hitler’s America,” she told The Blaze.

Andrew Colavecchio of Appraisal Systems, Inc. has not responded to The Blaze’s request for comment, and the company’s CEO Ernest Del Gurecio told them they plan to wait for all the facts before making a statement.

3 Comments

  • The right to bear arms is an individual right, and it cannot be granted by the US government.

    The founders did not trust the newly created government with that right and purposely omitted it from the enumerated rights. But the People were not satisfied, and they got together all across our nation and voted on an amendment to be added that would bar ALL types of Arms laws – It was voted on, passed, and the amendment was added to the Constitution itself.

    Laws that regulate arms cannot be made, they were forbidden and ARE forbidden. We forbade them.

    These politicians think that the right is a privilege to be doled out and banned at will, on any whim, and to any degree, and that is not true. A RIGHT is a legal, ethical, and moral title or claim to the possession of property and/or authority – and we possess the only authority to regulate guns, and that is on an individual basis. That authority is not granted to the state, and can not be granted to the state unless the people are polled, and 3/4 of the Citizens of the United States agree to grant that right, and what those limits are.

    ALL laws, from the city made laws to the federal laws that regulate guns and arms in general are illegitimate. What that means is that they are moot, and have no foundation in law. Even the cases from the Supreme Court are moot because the court was never granted jurisdiction over this right. The right belongs to the people, and not to the government.

    A few days ago, I saw a video on Youtube where a city council was taking comments before they passed a gun ban. I saw men and women who already posses a right stand in front of a podium and plead with a dozen government officers to be allowed to keep the right. It made me sick. The right does not belong to the government to take away, and all laws they make are invalid.

    A Right is defined as…

    The standard of permitted or forbidden action within a certain sphere; The Legal Ethical and Moral Title or claim to the possession of property or authority; That which we have a personal obligation; The title to something properly possessed by a person; What one may properly claim, one’s due.

    A Title is defined as…

    To Designate by a certain name – to describe, term, style, name, and call and action, or property.

    A privilege is defined as…

    A special right granted to a person or people which otherwise would be disallowed or illegal.

    We own the right. We own the name of the right. We own the right to exercise that right by the terms we set. We own the entire sphere of arms rights. We own the sole authority of the right. We own the obligation to regulate ourselves of face the penalties of our actions. It is our due, and it is ours, lock, stock and barrel.

    It is not a privilege to be banned, regulated, and limited. Any politician who agrees to limits on this right have committed a crime against the people of the United States, and have violated their oath of office to abide the Constitution – INCLUDING the limits imposed on the government and it’s agents by us, the People.

    The right is an individual right, individual to me, and individual to you. We both, collectively and separately have the responsibility of our own actions – and if we violate the law with our right to bear arms, then we individually should stand for those crimes. That is the burden we bear for keeping this right to ourselves, and the responsibility we bear for those who violate the trust placed in them by the People and by our founders. While you may punish people who have violated the laws, you may never punish someone before they commit a crime simply because they might.

  • This is disgusting and also proves what I have sensed. Since Obamas election and re election anti semitism is rising. His actions have allowed it. I am not Jewish, but NO ONE should have their rights violated in this manner. Mrs. Hart is obviously a very intellegent and observant woman. If you look at the administation we have now, sadly, her comment on Hitler is justified.

    • There were witnesses at this meeting, so I am sure the truth will come out. Most people accused of a crime will deny totally or have a different perspective than the accuser. If the person who called the police turned out to have lied, hopefully he will get the arrest treatment. I did wonder about how observant this woman might be, since the alleged incident and driving around with the family took place at about 10am on Shabbat(Saturday). There were apparently other meetings at different times and places and opportunities to meet with the appraisers to challenge the assessment.

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