Accused stalker wants firearms charges dismissed

Published 08/06 2014 02:03PM

Updated 08/06 2014 02:06PM

Mug shot provided by Houston County Sheriff's Office
Mug shot provided by Houston County Sheriff's Office
A Dothan man accused of stalking several local women is asking a judge to dismiss federal firearms violation charges against him. Philip Van McArdle, 51, was arrested on two violations of a law that prohibits felons from possessing firearms.

Houston County deputies found 15 firearms in McArdle’s home when he was arrested him last year for phoning several businesswomen and making what the alleged victims consider threatening comments toward them and their families.

McArdle, in court documents, admits he is a felon convicted of possessing marijuana about 24 years ago. However, he claims his “fundamental right to keep and bear arms as enshrined in the Second Amendment is to forever deprive (McArdle) of the most effective means available to defend himself and his property.”

A pretrial conference has been set in October as is his trial on seven stalking charges.

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