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Thu May 17, 2012, 04:58 PM

60-plus guns going back to 3 members of Hutaree militia

Now that they've been vindicated, three Hutaree militia defendants are getting their guns and ammunition back.

The court concluded that they are entitled to get their 60-plus guns back, along with hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts filed an order Tuesday that would allow Thomas Piatek to get his weapons back. That includes 41 guns -- shotguns, rifles, handguns and an AK47 -- along with more than 100,000 rounds of ammunition.

The weapons and ammo were seized from his Indiana home during an FBI raid in 2009, which led to his arrest. He was imprisoned for two years on charges that he helped plot an anti-government revolt.

Piatek's lawyer Arthur Weiss said his client will never get those two years back, but rightfully will get his weapons back.

"Since they didn't engage in criminal activity, their lawfully maintained weapons and ammunition should be returned. The government has no basis to keep law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights."...

http://www.freep.com/article/20120516/NEWS01/205160439

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Reply 60-plus guns going back to 3 members of Hutaree militia (Original post)
Kolesar May 2012 OP
Glaug-Eldare May 2012 #1
IamK May 2012 #2
Poll_Blind May 2012 #3
TheCowsCameHome May 2012 #4
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Response to Kolesar (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 05:15 PM

1. Good for them

In principle, I like militias, but in practice the members thereof creep me out. It's one thing to arm and train for the common defense and a sense of civic duty, but another when the movement seems to be dominated by paranoid conspiracy theorists. But rights is rights, and if they're acquitted they oughta get their property back.

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Response to Kolesar (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 05:48 PM

2. they will get more than there gun$ back at $ome point...

 

ugly mugs...

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Response to Kolesar (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:02 PM

3. Good!

What else is there to say, really?

They were wrongfully arrested, a judge declared that the government had failed to prove its case and now the property seized is being returned to them. Do I...like...their property? No. Do they have the right under the Constitution and all other applicable American laws to own that property? Yes.

So it's being returned to them. Good!

PB

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Response to Kolesar (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 06:58 PM

4. Great

Maybe they'll blow each other away acting out their fantasies.

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Response to Kolesar (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 07:36 PM

5. Good for them.

 

Question now is... I wonder what kind of condition their property is in after being manhandled by the Feds and sitting around for 2 years in an evidence/impound room?

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