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Marine In Mexican Prison For Registered Shotgun Barrel Being 18 Mm Too Long (Please Sign Petition)

For four years, former U.S. Marine Jon Hammar fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, he’s chained to a bed in a Mexican prison on what his family says are ‘trumped-up charges’ for illegal gun possession.

Hammar’s mother, Olivia, joined Fox and Friends Tuesday to tell her son’s story and plead for help.

In August, Hammar was traveling through Mexico on his way to Costa Rica for a surfing trip. He approached U.S. Customs about bringing along a gun that belonged to his great-grandfather. They advised him that he’d have to fill out a registration form and declare the weapon immediately upon crossing the border. Hammar tried to do just that but was immediately arrested and has been in prison ever since.

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Thanks for the bump

But apparently this post isn't catching anyone else's attention, sad to say.

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"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Big bump! Just signed the petition!

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This soldier really needs our help

He should be more upset with

He should be more upset with US Customs for giving him incorrect advice about bringing that gun into Mexico. I've read elsewhere about this case where the family lawyer states shotguns with barrels shorter than 25 inches are illegal in Mexico and Hammar's gun was 24 inches.

Should it be ok for Hammar to violate Mexican federal law simply because he's an American? Or because he's a Marine?

What specifically entitles this guy or anyone else to violate Mexican law and expect that it be tolerated? Especially after the "fast and furious" fiasco.

We expect foreigners to obey US law when they enter the US, so it's fair that other nations expect the same from us.

I feel bad for the guy that he ended up in a Mexican prison, but he really should have been more thorough in making sure it was legal before bringing that gun into Mexico. Hammar probably would have been arrested in certain jurisdictions within the US for having that gun. There are States where you must have a license even just for shotguns, Marine or not. Also States with minimum barrel lengths as well. What if he was caught with a shotgun under the minimum barrel length here?

Around 10 years ago an acquaintance was facing 5 years in prison because he had some sort of banana clip in his car when he was pulled over driving. Not in Mexico but in the United States. And not for a gun but for a magazine clip being in his possession. He also was a veteran. He got extremely lucky. Turned out he had just moved into the State a few weeks prior. The State where he moved from it was legal to possess. They didn't have to, but he got lucky & they gave him a break.

Yes, just like the US, Mexico also has some laws as well & they enforce them from time to time.


Gotta reinforce you on this BE CAREFUL TRAVELING ABROAD

they got different laws in different countries, Mexico doesn't like it's own citizens to be armed (lucky thing the cartels all have them) and the place is known for official corruption. As far as our own agencies failing to advise this gentleman, since when do they know our own laws let alone anybody else's? Since when do we trust some dope behind a desk to advise us of law?

Tragically, this person broke the law of a foreign nation on their soil. I'm sure the petition and diplomatic pressure will help him greatly but how about we not let this happen to us.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.

No bueno

I wouldn't go to Mexico for all the tacos in Tijuana.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

Mexico's laws seem almost

as rediculous and arbitrary as America's.

Mexico's anti gun laws are ironic

considering they have drug cartels who are armed to the teeth, and murdering thousands of people.

Criminal Mexico Administration

What should one expect?

All the Marines out there will know what to do imo.