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A Berlin man arrested in 2006 after police found dozens of illegal guns and other weapons on his property, wants to use the Bible in his defense. 

Police were called to the home of Alan Zaleski, 47, after a tree cutter went onto his property to do some work, and found Zaleski's yard was booby-trapped, the New Britain Herald reports.

His attorney, William Koch, has unsuccessfully argued Zaleski had a second amendment right to have the guns because he was a member of the state's "unorganized militia." But Zaleski's latest defense is falling short too. 

A federal judge has just ruled that Zaleski can not argue he has the right to the guns on a First Amendment right to freedom of religion.

The Herald reports Attorney Koch was planning on submitting a Bible found at Zaleski's home, a proclamation by Ronald Reagan declaring 1983 “The Year of the Bible” and the Declaration of Independence as evidence of weaponry connected to religious freedom.

The judge didn't buy it, and will not allow Koch to present the argument to the jury.

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