Decorated Vietnam Vet Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Full-Auto Collectible Rifle he Purchased 40 Years Ago

Alfred Pick

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.

M14 Rifle
An M14 Rifle

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,”

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10 Comments

  1. Lobby Trump to pardon him. Sell the rifle to someone rich that could legally own it then have him get the proper approval and let the rich guy give it to him.

  2. Dear PRESIDENT TRUMP, this is one of the reasons us AMERICANS elected you to fight for real AMERICANS. This is a travesty. This man is a war hero and deserves leniency. The man has never used the rifle to commit any crime.

  3. This is a crime on a man that sweated and bled for this country. He is a true patriot in every sense of the word! Free this man.

    • ATF and most agencies are not legal, nor legally operating on us soil. The US Constitution is Supreme and needs to be read along with Founders reasoning. Agencies are federal (or foreign) executive branch. None are legal, the exec branch cannot write laws/regulations and cannot operate outside 10square miles of the non state DC (assuming not foreign which most are incorp’d outside the states). State exec branches also cannot write laws/regs. All are null and void.
      His breakin, 4th A viol, arrest and prosecution are all illegal. If Trump is real; if his gun meeting with dems just show; if UN disarmament is annulled – this man’s state republican form of govt common law and constit rights have been violated. Governor and us pardons and expungement need to occur
      Eternal vigilance for freedom (not fake safety)

    • Probably raising more money pretending to be a guns-rights group. It’s actually pretty sad how the NRA constantly rolls over on gun rights issues.

  4. Anyone who illegally possesses a full-auto firearm understands that he is risking time in prison. Anyone who is showing his illegal firearm to others is violated OPSEC, and, over time, the “chickens will come home to roost” concerning this indiscretion. As Ben Franklin said, “Three men can keep a secret as long as two of them are dead.”

    I am of the opinion that a man who had lived a life that has commendable in every respect should get probation. Yet, it wasn’t as if he was caught up in some hypertechnicality regarding federal gun laws. I do not know for sure, but I suspect that this fellow was caught up in mandatory sentencing laws in the federal courts. It should serve as a cautionary tale to those who are tempted to follow his example.

    The lesson here is that the Feds will win.

  5. One more thought: there is zero chance that the laws regarding automatic firearms will be liberalized in this country. Hanging on to ARs is increasingly more difficult at this time. Look at what is happening to the previously legal bump stocks that aren’t full auto.

    Railing about what the 2nd Amendment protects with regard to auto firearms is a waste of breath. That ship sailed in 1936. Those interested in protecting the rights we do still have would be better advised to pay heed to the “Prayer of Serenity.”

  6. You’ve left out considerably more than half the story. Google “Dallas Morning News” and “Decorated Vietnam vet had drugs, 14 guns when his family led ATF to his Plano home” for a more complete version of the story. You can also read the DOJ’s press release titled “Plano Man Sentenced to 7 Years for Firearms Violation”. Now that you know this guy was a child-molesting cokehead who threatened to shoot up a hospital, do you STILL think he’s a Wrongly Persecuted American Hero?

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