Faced with losing his firearms, Middletown man says he threatens his rivals with bad press, not guns

Faced with losing his firearms, Middletown man says he threatens his rivals with bad press, not guns

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FREEHOLD – A Middletown man, the subject of a hearing under a state law to remove guns from dangerous individuals, testified Thursday that while he vowed to bring on bad press against his former surgeon and the physician’s lawyer amid an ongoing dispute, he never threatened anyone with gun violence. “Threatening people with gun violence would never come out of my mouth,’’ said Alfred Conti, 57. Conti’s five firearms were confiscated by police Sept. 25, amid an escalating dispute between Conti and Dr. Matthew Kaufman and Kaufman’s attorney, James Maggs, over Conti’s dissatisfaction with Kaufman’s practice, the Plastic Surgery Center in Shrewsbury, and a procedure the physician performed on him in July 2017. The case is testing New Jersey’s “red flag’’ law, which took effect in September and allows authorities to strip firearms from people considered to be dangerous. Superior Court Judge Paul X. Escandon is presiding over the hearing, which is being closely watched by gun rights advocates. Escandon ultimately will decide if Conti can get his guns back. Maggs testified in November that he felt threatened by profanity-laced phone calls an agitated Conti made to him after Kaufman refused to see Conti as a patient and sued him over negative reviews that Conti had written about the surgeon. Thursday was Conti’s turn on the witness stand, and he readily admitted vowing to barrage Kaufman with bad press. He also conceded to a profanity-laced back and forth between him and Maggs, but he said that was the extent […]

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