- Hunter Retrieves His Property ... Some Of It
Getting the Pathfinder back was the usual bureaucratic c-f^*k. The trooper took his sweet time getting the paperwork, and when they got to the impound lot, although it was well within its hours of operation, it was closed. They called, and waited a while for someone to come release his SUV.
Finally, it was released -- and in disarray. The battery was dead, and the interior looked as though a tornado had been through it. All the Christmas gifts he'd had in it for friends were opened. Nothing was visibly damaged.
These items are among the things NOT returned by the OHP:
includes those on his person, and those stowed in the locked box
That last item -- the computer -- was not listed on the receipt. Oddly enough, the machete, which was mentioned in the reports as being part of his "arsenal", *was* returned, as was a double-edged axe he also had in the SUV.
Lobo described the experience -- which was captured on video -- as "stomach-churning" for him. I can imagine what it must have been like for Hunter. He is driving the Pathfinder home, but may not keep it, for obvious reasons.
Carl met up with them in Ohio, and is escorting Hunter home.
Please forward this message to anyone you know who has an interest in Hunter's story. I'll continue to keep you updated as I'm able. I continue to receive contributions for Hunter -- thank you all so much for helping him so generously. The LRT contributions page will be updated with new information on how to contribute or help Hunter, too (we've still not heard back from KeepandBearArms on getting a credit card donation page set up).
Thanks to you all,
Support for Hunter has been pouring in at an unexpected rate. Many individuals have given very generously to his legal defense fund (details on how to make donations are at this Liberty Round Table page). Others have helped spread the word across the internet to many firearms groups and forums, among libertarian activists, and just about everywhere there might be interest, it seems. Lawyers and law students have offered pro bono assistance of varying sorts. Other individuals have volunteered to research relevant statistics on firearm use and crime, especially relating to Ohio and comparisons pre- and post-CCW law enactment. The willingness of so many individuals to help Hunter is very encouraging, but not totally surprising. He's supported many RKBA organizations, with donations of both time and money, for years. He's written on gun-related topics for several web publications, has taken a good amount of training, and is a good instructor and gunsmith himself. We've been trying to keep Hunter updated with all the support he's getting, and his lawyer sends along Hunter's sincerest thanks for all that each of you has done to help.
Many of you knew that a revised Ohio concealed carry bill has recently been approved by the legislature. Governor Taft has signed the bill, and it will go into effect on April 2. While that doesn't mean Hunter will be let off, it will have to weigh on the jurors' minds that what they are considering jailing a man for doing in December will most likely be a legal activity in Ohio at the time of the trial.
It is a testament, not only to Hunter, but to the freedom community that we have pulled together so quickly and so well to help a fellow liberty lover who's facing a very challenging path. I'd like to specifically thank Matt Gaylor who immediately came to Hunter's rescue when Don Lobo Tiggre heard of his arrest and was out of range to help himself. Matt has been invaluable, both in Ohio and around the country, in keeping individuals updated on news. Mary Lou Seymour has also been instrumental in spreading the word through her Rational Review Freedom Action of the Week, and email updates. Claire Wolfe and Debra Ricketts have been wonders -- Claire has sent word far and wide; both of them have donated generously and offered their PayPal and e-gold accounts as means to accept contributions of those types. Despite the cat-herding jokes and the frustrations that can accompany dealing with individuals who insist on doing things their way, this crisis demonstrates very clearly how peaceful, voluntary action works to accomplish tasks. That's what the Liberty Round Table is all about, and that's what Hunter, as a Knight Defender of the LRT, has embodied for years. Thank you all, from Hunter, Don Lobo, and myself.
More will be posted as often as possible. Save this Liberty Round Table page as a source of ongoing updates.
Your "letters to the editor" are welcome t00. Please send them to email@example.com
Sunni Maravillosa, well known freedom advocate, appeared on Ernie Hancock's radio program Friday morning to discuss Hunter's situation.
The details on the radio station: KFNX AM 1100, 602-277-5369 and 1-866-536-1100. Webcast and chat available from http://www.ernesthancock.com/ .