Alfred Pick, a decorated Vietnam War hero and former POW, is going to prison for seven years for a firearm he purchased some forty years ago.
Pick was sentenced by federal judge District Judge Marcia A. Crone to seven years in prison for a collectible rifle that he purchased 40 years ago because the rifle that he was legally allowed to carry while fighting for our country was deemed illegal for the general public to own.
“This gun was very rare at that time it was rare to see one, so he instantly had a connection to it,” said Pick’s attorney Ryne Sandel. “Over the course of his life he and his wife and collected about 14 weapons, many of them were collector’s items.”
In the early eighties, Pick purchased the full-auto M14 rifle at a Fort Worth gun show. Last year, the ATF after learning about the 40-year-old purchase, raided Pick’s home, arrested him and seized his firearms.
The Gestapo-style raid on Pick’s Plano, Texas home came two weeks after his wife of 40 years died of cancer. They were using marijuana, which authorities found and added another criminal charge.
“He’s had it all these years never robbed a bank or done anything with it,” said Pick’s friend Mark Shackelford. “Somebody that made one mistake and now 50 years later, he’s paying a really big price for it.”
“He was a gun collector, and it was probably the piece de resistance of his collection… he had shown it to me. I’ve never seen it taken it out of the case,” said Shackelford. “The man is a Silver Star winner, he saved lives, he took care of his wife, he’s been in custody for a year, I would think that when a man turned 70 and is an American hero, you don’t destroy the rest of his life for one mistake,”