Skip to comments.New Jersey gun case demonstrates no justice possible through ‘lawful’ avenues
Posted on 01/19/2011 6:52:15 PM PST by marktwain
A late flight landed Utah gun owner Greg Revell in jail for 10 days after he got stranded in New Jersey with an unloaded firearm he had legally checked with his luggage in Salt Lake City, the Associated Press reports.
Because of a late flight, Revell missed his connecting flight. His luggage had been erroneously routed to Newark. He collected it.
And he was then arrested, going through a nightmare that included 10 days in several different jailsand think about that, and the type of terrifying population they had this man immersed in. He had charges hanging over his head for months, and his private property confiscated for years.
I wish some of us didnt have to say We told you so.
And the governments response?
Prosecutors said it doesn't matter whose fault it was
Lower courts have thrown out his lawsuit
Theyre sympathetic. They even admit this entire injustice is through no fault of [Revells]. But their hands are tied. Because one of the main purposes for having government in the first damn place, to secure the Blessings of Liberty, must take a back seat to treasonous, self-serving legislative and judicial perversions of the original mandate.
Were told the Supreme Court could decide Tuesday whether to consider letting Revell sue.
Jan 18 2011 Petition DENIED.
A quote from John F. Kennedy comes to mind:
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
Dont expect the anti-defense lobby to condemn this outrage, to agree that a gross injustice has occurred, and to call for it being rectified so that no citizen will ever again be so victimized by the state. All their talk about common sense and a reasonable middle ground is just thattalk. Its a smokescreen to allow them to advance from their beachhead, never to ease back and practice some of that compromise theyre continually hitting us over the head with.
As things stand now, there is no relief from this injustice. Which kind of makes me wonder if these newly-empowered Republicans, the ones whove promised us theyre all for principled governmentand who were put in power largely through the efforts of involved gun ownersare going to take the lead on fixing this obscene outrage.
Or will peaceful resolution remain impossible under their leadership, too?
“Oooh! Yes!!!!” Legislation, that’ll set the tyranny straight, yup.
read the article fool
Is there no justice or common sense and only a government of jack booted “public servants” with gold plated benefits who apparently have license to run ramshod over those who pay to operate it?
I belong to the NRA because I expect them to step up to the plate with the help of my donations and back-up victims of such predatory government policy. This is an outrage.
The Nazi state of New Jersey, where only criminals can safely possess a firearm. Democrat politicians, left to their own devices will happily take all of us to this place. And they will be fully supported by our draconian judiciary. It’s for our own safety, don’t you know.
I’ve always said that Liberty International Airport in Newark is the @$$hole of this nation. I will never fly to or through New Jersey ever again.
Your tag line is ashamed of that post.
Maybe he went after the wrong people?
If he checked the gun legally in Utah, and the late flight
caused the delay, doesn’t the airline bear some responsibility for this snafu?
I’m just wondering about the competence of his attorney.
None of this diminishes the outrage, but maybe he fought the wrong battle to start.
I would suppose, knowing that the gun was “radioactive” in New Jersey, he was expected to abandon the luggage? Or to ask the airline to handle it themselves and forward it to the intended destination? Or to ask police to take the gun from the luggage so he could then take possession of the remainder?
One thing, common sense did not govern. And we can hardly expect gun grabber Christie to care.
Couldn’t you have avoided cramming your foot in your mouth?
Did you really read what happened?
Not just Democrats. The current incumbent and his AG Paula Dow are hardly pro-Second Amendment.
The password is 'jailbreak'.
“Or to ask the airline to handle it themselves and forward it to the intended destination?”
Evidently the only way to avoid breaking local law.
“And we can hardly expect gun grabber Christie to care.”
Since all this happened long before Christie became Governor, the comment is inappropriate.
Mr Revell made an honest and natural mistake by claiming his luggage, and ran afoul of our stupid New Jersey gun laws. It sounds as though it was straightened out in 10 days by the local D.A. behaving rationally, which you certainly can’t always count on. Technically Revell was in violation of New Jersey law, and he’s very lucky he wasn’t blackmailed into pleading guilty to something in order to avoid prison. Given normal doctrines of sovereign immunity Revell really never had a tort case, and was foolish to waste his time in court. If he had made the same gun mistake in NYC, he would probably still be in prison.
And the State, it seems, is TECHNICALLY in violation of this [federal] law:
Ah, but we mere peons have no standing; I keep making the mistake that Governments [and their agents] should be bound by law as well.
Wouldn’t Christie’s signature be needed on any remedial legislation or private bill to reimburse Revell?
Apparently being Keystone Kopz is not deemed “conspiracy.”
“Wouldnt Christies signature be needed on any remedial legislation or private bill to reimburse Revell?”
Since the NJ legislature is totally controlled by Rats, the passage of such a bill is entirely inconceivable. In any event Christie has already proven he has some conscience by commuting the absurd seven year gun possession sentence of Brian Aitken to time served. Mr. Revell is very very lucky he didn’t get the Aitken treatment. Personally I’d vote to pardon and compensate Aitken before compensating Revell. What happened to Revell is already as close as it gets to a happy ending in Liberal New Jersey.
Time for him to get a lawyer and own part of NJ (not that anyone would want it)
He is completely innocent....how about reading the effing article.
I believe federal laws says something like this:
If you are transporting a weapon you legally own FROM a place where it is legal to own TO another place where it is legal to own, then no state, city, township or other jurisdiction can stop you.
Another possibility is that they could also not be ‘persons’ as the law says “If two or more persons [...]”
For a jailbreak to be done right you will need to be very thorough.
C4 comes to mind
Why the vitriol?
If you had read the piece, and the link to the AP article contained within it, you would know that this guy followed ALL the rules regarding carrying firearms in checked baggage on commercial airliners.
About how dumb would you say you are?
I believe it’s called the McClure Volkmer Firearm Owner’s Protection Act. The only way it would work in his favor is if there are criminal penalties for violation, which a Federal official was wiling to pursue. Think Eric Holder’s Justice Department and Black Panthers, and I think you can see where it would end up, even if there were criminal penalties for violation.
Once we make all laws ambiguous judgment calls, then everyone will be sorta guilty always.
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The government can be sympathetic all they want...
Technically the court is right in the enforcement of the law, but since New Jersey seems to be full of asshats at that level, and that common sense in any investigation revealed absolutely NO intent to break the law, and that this guy declared the firearm legally in the first place to fly with it, then I rest my case that everyone who has prosecuted this case are a bunch of tyrranical asshats that should be run out on a rail...
I have plans to fly up to Minnesota (St. Paul) and through my rciprocity agreement with that state I will be flying with a declared firearm and my normal loadout of ammunition (3 mags) no mo, no less...
I anticipate no problems in the beginning of my journey, but I am hoping that there are not any overbearing asshats in the St. Paul airport to give me heartaches on the way back...
I’m not a big fan of jumping through these overbearing hoops to exercise my right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness...But I will follow the rules and be a good boy in the process...It will be interesting to see where and if there will be someone to give me too much more attention to somehow warrant addition intrusive scrutiny just because I am declaring a firearm in my “checked” baggage...
When you have been carrying for as long as I have, you become a student of the law and know that you need to review it and other states laws on the subject from time to time...
This guy got screwed for absolutely no fault of his own, and if any lawyer of judge should know through legal precidence that this type of situation has occcured many times before, where an actor, through no fault of their own was put into a situation where they were technically breaking a law, and with no intent to do so, just proves my point that their is NO common sense at all anymore in state of New Jersey...
I just hope my flight (this summer) doesn’t get diverted to Illinois...We may have a slight problem there...
The password is 'jailbreak'." - The Comedian
Jailbreaks are too difficult to pull off successfully... Someone or something always gets messed up. Work smarter, not harder...
To that end: Forget trying to bust him out of a structure, bust him out of a vehicle. He has to be transported outside of prison walls for a trial or appeal, right? Block in transport vehicle, yank an innocent bystander (not really innocent - bystander is actually part of team and in on the plan) up as a hostage and hold gun to their head telling guards hostage will be shot if they don't release the prisoner. With this plan executed on a side street (used by prison transport to avoid perceived threat from heavy traffic) there is less chance of getting caught, better chance of blending in with other traffic, especially if you drop primary vehicle for secondary vehicle once out of view (may involve entering a parking garage in order to get out of view of an observing aircraft, but effective). Have all required "new identity" documentation, anonymous Tracphone, along with check/carry-on luggage ready to get subject out of the country and drive him to straight to the nearest airport (tickets paid for with prepaid debit card in an untrackable name.) Send subject support money in new country via established PayPal accounts by purchasing (non-existant) items from him on eBay. The subject needs to be out of the country, or at least on an outbound flight, within 1-2 hours in order to stay ahead of the BOLO.
See what happens when I can't sleep at night? And this plan just scratches the surface. ;-)
No, he could NOT have avoided that problem.
He was flying somewhere, and due to a screwup he got stuck in Jersey. The responsible thing for him to do a that point - and due to idiotic UNCONSTITUTIONAL laws, the illegal thing to do - was to claim his baggage and secure his guns in his own care.
Sad your emails are just sad.
Wasn’t MacDonald v. Chicago just in the news a while back?
You are very confused.
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