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Jailed N.M. Gun Store Owner on Hunger Strike
The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 30, 2012 | AP

Posted on 01/30/2012 9:24:01 AM PST by CedarDave

LAS CRUCES — A jailed New Mexico gun store owner accused of selling weapons that made it into the hands of Mexican cartels says he is on a hunger strike.

Ian Garland wrote in a letter to the Las Cruces Sun-News that he won’t eat until he is allowed visits from his lawyers and the media.

“I have been in a 6-by-12 room for 316 days in maximum security for making legal and lawful sales to people who have lied to me, they even admitted they lied, so why am I here?” he wrote.

(Excerpt) Read more at abqjournal.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: banglist; borderwars; fastandfurious; govtabuse; gunrunner; lping; rapeofliberty; secondamendment; tyranny
Over a 15-month period ending last March, Garland made multiple gun sales to local officials including the Columbus (NM) police chief, mayor and village trustee. He claims that they passed background checks and the sales were legal. The guns were subsequently sent to Mexico where they were used in crimes committed by drug cartels including kidnapping and murder.

Garland plead guilty in July to federal charges of conspiracy and making false statements in the acquisition of firearms. Last month he tried to withdraw his plea and request a jury trial but a U.S. District Court judge denied the request. When sentenced, the 51-year old naturalized citizen from Australia faces up to 35 years in federal prison.

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1 posted on 01/30/2012 9:24:06 AM PST by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

His problem was he wasn’t the US Attorney General.

You need to understand the law. For example, it’s bad to cheat on your taxes unless you’re the head of the Treasury Department.

See how it worke?


2 posted on 01/30/2012 9:29:18 AM PST by Fido969
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To: CedarDave

One should know you can only get away with this type of thing if your one of holders people.


3 posted on 01/30/2012 9:29:45 AM PST by cableguymn (Good thing I am a conservative. Otherwise I would have to support Mittens like Republicans do.)
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To: CedarDave

Only our glorious attorney general is permitted to run guns with the blessing of Obamugabe.


4 posted on 01/30/2012 9:31:15 AM PST by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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To: CedarDave

Only our glorious attorney general is permitted to run guns with the blessing of Obamugabe.


5 posted on 01/30/2012 9:32:16 AM PST by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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To: Fido969

It’s sort of like signing insider trading laws to save “the consumer from fraud” then profiting from it.

It’s supporting a huge government bureaucracy to Socialize medicine you will never be a part of.

It’s not reforming Social Security, raising the age, eligibility, etc. when your pension plan is publically-funded and separate from your constituents.

It’s not allowing soldiers in the field to vote, because the mainly vote Republican and cry about timeframes, but endorsing ACORN, and pushing for illegals, felons and dead people to vote with no ID.

I get it, you are a crooked Liberal Democrat.


6 posted on 01/30/2012 9:38:36 AM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: CedarDave

Let me guess, the government had people buy the guns legally and send them to caretls?

He hasn’t been allowed to see his lawyer? Doesn’t that Constitution thing come into this somewhere?


7 posted on 01/30/2012 9:43:08 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

That was back when we were under the Constition. Then on November 4, 2008 the voters went to the polls and voted. A majority of those that voted said, via their votes,we don’t need or want a damned Constitution! We want a messiah that will lead us to the promised land where we will get free money, free healthcare, free housing, free education, free money, free gas, free electricity. We will not have to work. We can layup,fornicate, hang out, and protest. So here we are.


8 posted on 01/30/2012 9:52:46 AM PST by sport
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To: MestaMachine; Joe Brower

FYI ping


9 posted on 01/30/2012 9:59:20 AM PST by thouworm (.)
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To: CedarDave

He’s being denied legal representation? WTF?


10 posted on 01/30/2012 10:39:42 AM PST by pabianice (")
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To: pabianice
Link to Las Cruces Sun-News article:

Seller in Columbus gun ring stages hunger strike

(Can not post this article on FR due to Gannett copyright restrictions)

11 posted on 01/30/2012 10:47:48 AM PST by CedarDave (Donna Brazile: "... we we believe that the weakest candidate ... [is] Mitt Romney.")
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To: CedarDave

I think Las Cruces is where they jailed a guy for saying he was a Navy SEAL. They said he was crazy and won’t let him see a dentist so he pulled his own tooth.


12 posted on 01/30/2012 11:20:45 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: CedarDave
Garland plead guilty in July to federal charges of conspiracy and making false statements in the acquisition of firearms.

Why did he do that if the sales were legal?

13 posted on 01/30/2012 12:36:24 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Fido969

“His problem was he wasn’t the US Attorney General.

You need to understand the law. For example, it’s bad to cheat on your taxes unless you’re the head of the Treasury Department.

See how it work?”

If you asked me, he is nothing more then political prisoner. The Federal Goverment has no right to restrict this mans right to keep & bare arms. That must implicitly include the free sales of arms.


14 posted on 01/30/2012 1:03:22 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: MileHi
Reason he gave for originally pleading guilty:

In his request to withdraw his plea, Garland said he felt “he was pressured into lying to himself and pleading guilty” to the count.

He also said that “the pressure and potential consequences of not pleading were too much and this forced him to plea(d) to Count 1, the conspiracy, when he otherwise did not believe in (his) heart that he was guilty.”

15 posted on 01/30/2012 2:23:29 PM PST by CedarDave (Donna Brazile: "... we we believe that the weakest candidate ... [is] Mitt Romney.")
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To: Joe Brower; Travis McGee; LucyT; vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; FreedomPoster; ...

“I have been in a 6-by-12 room for 316 days in maximum security for making legal and lawful sales to people who have lied to me, they even admitted they lied, so why am I here?”

AND HOLDER ISN’T!
Ping.


16 posted on 01/30/2012 2:28:47 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: CedarDave
In a separate letter dated Jan. 3, Garland wrote that he had “no idea” the Columbus police chief, mayor and village trustee were doing anything illegal.

“I made legal and lawful sales to people who lied to me,” he wrote. “What was I to think when they drove to my business in uniform, in a police car, city cars, bring the mayor, police chief? I was telling everyone how happy I was, they did the paperwork, passed the FBI background check, why would I not trust them?”

That's why they won't let the media talk to him. All of those speshul people are cutting plea deals. He's the fall guy.

17 posted on 01/30/2012 2:50:57 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: MestaMachine

What does this have to do with Fast and Furious? Anything? Everyone here seems to assume so. It’s not clear here that this is not another bad guy. The ATF told him to sell more to these people?

Really? It doesn’t make any sense.


18 posted on 01/30/2012 3:37:19 PM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: CedarDave; Fido969; cableguymn; Neoliberalnot; wac3rd; GeronL; sport; thouworm; pabianice; ...

http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2011/12/20/abqnewsseeker/updated-chaparral-gun-store-owner-wants-to-withdraw-guilty-plea.html

Here’s more background. WTH was going on here? Is this part of F&F or is this what has been going on down there that hillary wanted to exploit?


19 posted on 01/30/2012 3:43:40 PM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: sam_paine

No, I don’t think this had any connection to F&F or any op of the ATF. This was a little gun running syndicate run by the officials of a very small border town.


20 posted on 01/30/2012 3:47:21 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: wac3rd
It’s sort of like signing insider trading laws to save “the consumer from fraud” then profiting from it.

All aimed at cutting down on the competition with the COngress, thus virtually guaranteeing more profit.

21 posted on 01/30/2012 3:54:38 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: CedarDave

I could see that given F&F and this DOJ.


22 posted on 01/30/2012 3:56:46 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: LegendHasIt; Rogle; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; OneWingedShark; ...

NM list PING! Click on the flag to go to the Free Republic New Mexico message page.

(The NM list is available on my FR homepage for anyone to use. Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the list.)

23 posted on 01/30/2012 4:39:42 PM PST by CedarDave (Donna Brazile: "... we we believe that the weakest candidate ... [is] Mitt Romney.")
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To: sam_paine
It doesn’t make any sense.

That's par for the course when talking about F&F Operations.

24 posted on 01/30/2012 4:49:37 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: MileHi; All
Why did he do that if the sales were legal?

You asked a hypothetical, so I will answer with hypotheticals:

The prosecutors hold most of the cards. He has you in jail. He has confiscated all your property and has your wife and children in jail.

He claims that he has witnesses who will perjure themselves and lie to prove his case.

He offers to cut a deal so that he can get a quick conviction, and you can stay out of jail.

He doesn't put anything in writing, but insists that you do.

25 posted on 01/30/2012 5:55:06 PM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain
That sounds about right.

Four words:

I need my lawyer

Easier said than done in that situation though.

26 posted on 01/30/2012 7:13:24 PM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: OneWingedShark; CedarDave; Fido969; cableguymn; Neoliberalnot; wac3rd; GeronL; sport; thouworm; ...
It doesn’t make any sense.
1wingshark----That's par for the course when talking about F&F Operations.

Except that this was not a F&F operation. In fact, it is exactly the kind of local gun runners that the gun grabbers say they want more gun regs to stop.

I have always been on the side of the 2nd Amend protecting law abiding gun owner rights...but the way the current generation is going, I'm not so sure there will be enough responsible law abiding people to be responsible law abiding gun owners.

27 posted on 01/31/2012 5:31:28 AM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: sam_paine

“Except that this was not a F&F operation. In fact, it is exactly the kind of local gun runners that the gun grabbers say they want more gun regs to stop.

I have always been on the side of the 2nd Amend protecting law abiding gun owner rights...but the way the current generation is going, I’m not so sure there will be enough responsible law abiding people to be responsible law abiding gun owners.”

I think your underestimating the educational value of practice, and our people. Men were not always as orderly as they are now. Indeed I dare say thou-out most of our history Americans have rarely been as orderly as they are now. The mid-century moment(Post-ww2 era) being one of those exceptions.

What I’m trying to say is I have more faith in the natural balance of men & motivations and with that faith I know we can handle it. There may be a few more gun crimes/accidents here & there but it will settle down.


28 posted on 01/31/2012 11:50:23 AM PST by Monorprise
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To: Monorprise

Let’s hope so!


29 posted on 01/31/2012 12:56:41 PM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: marktwain; MileHi
I'll add another hypothetical. He is an Aussie-born naturalized American. He may have been more intimidated by the prosecutor and by being arrested than a lifelong citizen/resident of the U.S. might be. Adding to that intimidation is the fact that all the conspirators comprised almost all of the officials of the town.

If he is as innocent as he claims it must have felt like he stepped into the Twilight Zone. Like he woke up in an itty bitty teensy weensy Chicago on the border. And don't forget that the conspirator's customers were the drug cartels.

Seriously! ... HELP, MR. WIZARD!!!!!

30 posted on 01/31/2012 1:51:04 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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